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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 | Steve Richards

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 …

So long, Marianne: Leonard Cohen writes to muse just before her death

Cohen’s letter to Marianne Ihlen said ‘our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon’

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara dead at age 87

HELSINKI (AP) — Einojuhani Rautavaara, arguably Finland's most famous classical composer since the era of Jean Sibelius, has died at the age of …

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 …

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‘I don't understand the anger’: how the Europeans in London see Brexit

People from all over the continent work in the capital – for now. They reveal their bewilderment and shock at the EU referendum result<p>You would expect the streets of London’s Soho, first thing on a Friday, to be teeming with French game designers, Italian interior designers, German music execs, …

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 …

Exclusive: Portishead release Abba SOS video in tribute to Jo Cox

Jo Cox, the Batley and Spen MP who was tragically killed last week, would have been 42 today. In honour of her tireless campaigning in support of refugees, iconic Bristol trip-hop band Portishead have released a video to go alongside their cover of Abba’s SOS.<p>It features singer Beth Gibbons, shot …

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

<b>Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh</b><br>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 …

Why an experimental composer is writing an opera about the news

Jacob TV has created a multimedia opera that splices the voices of Trump, Putin and more with music, building into a kaleidoscopic portrait of American media<p>When Jacob TV sits down to watch the news, he’s less interested in learning about the state of the world than being entertained. “It’s …

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 …

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<br>• 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 …

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 …

Mud, music and mayhem: why the Slits' Cut is still up for a fight

The all-girl punk group’s 1979 LP was provocative for its music and its cover. Thirty-seven years later, on its vinyl rerelease, it’s still courting controversy in the form of a fan-led petition over royalties<p>You could write a lengthy essay about the Slits’ landmark LP Cut based on the semiotics of …

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>The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden …

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Top 15 Liszt recordings<p>New Podcast: Percussion, and Mozart in London - the July issue<p>Sponsored feature – Metropolitan Opera: from the big screen to …