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Mozart Gets Massive 200-Disc Box Set, New Biography: By the Numbers

Here's one elegant way to become a Mozart completist in one fell swoop. Universal Music Group imprints Decca and Deutsche Grammophon have announced a …

Brexit, Trump: the trouble with claiming we’re in a post-truth era

It’s not just political outsiders who tell lies. Mainstream parties aren’t always able to be honest with voters either<p>A neat, if alarming, explanation for the astonishing rise of political outsiders across the western world is the idea that we live in a “post-truth era”: one in which support for …

Grandmaster Flash: ‘Hip-hop’s message was simple: we matter’

Ahead of Baz Luhrmann’s TV dramatisation of rap’s roots, The Get Down, we turn back the clock to 1970s New York, when the youth of the neglected South Bronx sowed the seeds of a musical revolution<p>History remembers the South Bronx in the 1970s as an urban catastrophe; the ground zero of a city in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Getting into Valhalla

<b>The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung.</b> By Roger Scruton. <i>Allen Lane; 400 pages; £25.</i><p>IT IS gargantuan in every way. The “Ring …


Hard as Nails: getting hammered by the harshest band in America

They’re the ‘audio equivalent of shoving your face into a blast furnace’ and are the latest purveyors of powerviolence. Don’t forget your ear plugs<p>Most hardcore punk can sound like nothing more than a sonic blur with very little to differentiate one song from the next. But deep within the crevices …

Jo Cox

Catalogue d’Oiseaux review – Aimard treats Suffolk to 18-hour tour de force

Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh Pierre-Laurent Aimard showed his pedigree as a masterly Messiaen interpreter with these 13 portraits of birdsong that often competed with the real thing<p>What began in the Snape Maltings cafe with the assertive song of the black-eared wheatear, as the sun rose over the Alde …

Andy Warhol

Mary Poppins 'may have inspired Stairway to Heaven,' court hears

<b>Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page has told a court that Stairway to Heaven shares its musical DNA with the Mary Poppins song Chim Chim Cher-ee.</b><p>The musician said the chord sequence in both songs was similar, as he rejected claims that he plagiarised another song, Taurus, by the 60s band …

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards<p>It’s not often, if at all, that you find a festival focusing on women in electronic music without making gender the star attraction. While “all-female bills” have gained traction to address the stark gender …

Electronic Music

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page denies stealing guitar riff in Stairway to Heaven

Guitarist testified he hadn’t heard the song Taurus until a few years ago Lawyer says chords that begins Stairway were lifted from the Spirit tune<p>The Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page testified on Wednesday that until a few years ago he had never heard a song that the megastar band is accused of …

Rock Music

A lurking threat to Western classical music

Is Western classical music under threat? The genre known as classical, serious, or art music has certainly suffered from being labeled elitist and inaccessible.<p>Discussions about challenges to art music posed by government funding cuts and the allure of social media would become irrelevant if a …

Carole King

The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world

In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world<p>Read other articles in our story of cities series<p>The secret to Alexandria, if classical …

Ancient History


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