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Glenn Gould: a wilfully idiotic genius?

1947 days ago
Guardian MusicIt's 30 years since the death of Glenn Gould, but the pianist still provokes strong reactions. So how do today's top players assess his legacy?It still sounds like nothing you've ever heard, however many times you listen to it: Glenn Gould's first re... more info

CBSO/Nelsons – review

1947 days ago
Guardian MusicSymphony Hall, BirminghamA new season, a new Beethoven cycle. Birmingham is going where Manchester has been twice in recent years and the Proms were less than two months ago. The nine-month Birmingham series includes all the concertos and a selection... more info

Elisabeth Leonskaja – review

1948 days ago
Guardian MusicWigmore Hall, LondonWhen it comes to programme-building, Elisabeth Leonskaja seems to favour exclusivity. Instead of the pick-and-mix approach adopted by so many of her colleagues, she prefers to devote a whole evening to just one composer, notably B... more info

Leeds Piano Competition final – review

1951 days ago
Guardian MusicTown Hall, LeedsThe final of this year's Leeds International Piano Competition was that rarest of events, a closely fought musical contest that generated tremendous tension and excitement. The standard was high. None of the finalists in any way disgr... more info

Artemis Quartet – review

1956 days ago
Guardian MusicWigmore Hall, LondonThe Artemis Quartet's Wigmore Hall concerts over the last couple of seasons have been focused on Beethoven, dovetailing with the release of the cycle of the complete quartets that they recorded for Virgin Classics. They also playe... more info

A guide to Brian Ferneyhough's music

1957 days ago
Guardian MusicHis compositions are the ultimate in complexity. So how to approach the works of this philosophically demanding musician?Here's a question. What is complexity in music? Is there any music more complex than, say, the six-part Ricercar, with its six in... more info

Rewind radio: Archive on 4: A Brief History of Blame; Saturday Drama: Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab – review

1959 days ago
Guardian MusicJoe Queenan excelled in his analysis of finger pointing and fault findingArchive on 4: A Brief History of Blame (R4) | iPlayer Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab (R4) | iPlayerBack from a holiday where the only available radio offered tinnitus hous... more info

Prom 73: VPO/Haitink – review

1961 days ago
Guardian MusicRoyal Albert Hall, LondonBruckner died before completing his Ninth Symphony, whose three finished movements comprise one of music's most tantalising fragments. While Bernard Haitink, who conducted this performance by the Vienna Philharmonic, feels th... more info

Proms 2012: what have been your highlights?

1961 days ago
Guardian MusicThe eight-week Proms season comes to a close this weekend. How was it for you? And who would you like to see next year?The eight-week Proms season comes to a close this weekend. Seventy-six concerts in the Albert Hall, eight further in the chamber mu... more info

BBC presenters in key for Piano Season

1962 days ago
Guardian MusicNicky Campbell joins Lang Lang in celebration of instrument that coincides with Leeds International Piano CompetitionThe presenters Nicky Campbell, Jane Garvey and Shaun Keaveny are among those to be transformed from complete novices to concert music... more info

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