On Music

Norman Lebrecht says an affair with Coco Chanel did Stravinsky’s PR, and hers, no harm at all

Music has lost its unpredictability, its thrilling fear while sport’s passion shines, says Norman Lebrecht

London’s orchestral rat-race will have fewer runners when musical life returns, says Norman Lebrecht

New music was not officially muted in the Soviet Union. It just got left at home, says Norman Lebrecht

Music directors who fail to provide any direction in times of crisis

Wagner’s sexual ambiguity spoke to Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Thomas Mann, says Norman Lebrecht

Where has originality and character gone in the art of Violin playing?

Tragedy struck Gustav Mahler, the archetypal summer composer, in 1907

For three days I listened to nothing but birdsong, marvelling at the variety and the volume