Classical Music

Paul Hindemith’s music is extremely well-made, intelligent, civilised, and moderately witty — so why has it all but vanished?

Hahn’s finely honed skills as a violinist are seldom in demand on this one-star album

The baritone Matthias Goerne sings with a voice like brushed velvet and diction clearer than iced vodka in this five-star album

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

The climaxes are sensational, some of the strongest music Penderecki ever created; we may never see its like again

The BBC’s new recruitment campaign for the Proms shows a clear disregard for its classical origins

Stanchinsky occupies a tonal territory midway between Rachmaninov and Scriabin; an amalgam of suppurating misery and crackpot visionary

Gulda’s Symphony in G has 35 minutes of invention, which is more than can be said for most late-twentieth century symphonies

A confidential matter: the letters of Richard Strauss and Stefan Zweig, 1931-1935

Alexander Tchaikovsky’s Quarantine Symphony triggers a subtle, wordless response to the things we are experiencing