‘In my beginning is my end’: On Shostakovich’s first and last symphonies
Why should we play the music of our time?
Owen Wingrave – a private and public opera
Taste the Difference
When it comes to expressing emotion, is music better than words?
How long is a piece of music?
Second to None: Orchestral Comparisons
Expressions of Inexperience: Great music expresses more than can ever be experienced by a single person.
Press Ups and Downs: A performer’s relationship with the critics is complicated but unavoidable.
Occasional Music: Does the quantity of music around today affect the quality of the listening experience?
Force or Personality: Conductors command respect through authority rather than power.
Nurture and Nature: Conductors are made as well as born.