Over the past century, the term ‘English music’ has solidified into a narrow nostalgic genre with - now - Brexity overtones. But the rich variety of the UK’s classical music is that it knows no borders
Petersen/Schmitt/Ivashchenko/Johannsen/Freiburg Baroque O/Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, two CDs) Leonore was Beethoven’s first version of Fidelio and René Jacobs eloquently champions the earlier score in this lithe live recording
The Dutch singer felt she was only using 15% of her voice. But wanting to unlock its rough, raw and even ugly side got her turfed out of Conservatoire. What will Sunday’s Prom audience make of Ivan Fischer’s daughter?
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets
Classical music can get us through tragedy and trauma, it can bring focus, insights and joy. And yet why do we never talk about how it makes us feel? My new podcast asks music lovers, from Alec Baldwin to Ian McEwan, to tell us just that