It’s not quite the day the music died, but it is the week that Harrods killed off its piano department after 118 years. And while the Knightsbridge emporium wouldn’t be the first port of call for every would-be pianist in the market for a new instrument (“would madam care for an elephant with that Bechstein?”), the fact that it is closing its piano store’s doors is indicative of a wider trend.
Trapped in a long and loveless marriage with a woman who hated music, Haydn had to look elsewhere for affection, and during a stay in London he was smitten by a stylish 60-year-old widow to whom - since she was a fine pianist - he dedicated a set of piano trios.
Compared to wrestling with a cello, women could still look pretty while they were playing the piano
Ravel effected an understated formal revolution in vocal music, the pieces performed here by mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch with pianist Alain Altinoglu being notable for their commitment to textual interpretation rather than sheer operatic grandeur.
A one-handed piano player?
Next week, young Iraqi musicians make their international concert debut in Britain. Paul Bignell reports on the obstacles they faced
Plan B has stormed to the top of the charts with his new album, film soundtrack Ill Manors.
As they prepare for a historic week of Proms, Daniel Barenboim and the leader of his orchestra, his son Michael, talk to Jessica Duchen
Exactly 50 years after Bob Dylan's debut album hit record stores the American folk rock legend is to release his 35th studio album.
The follow-up to Mumford & Son's hugely successful debut album will hit record stores on 25 September.
Classical music’s talent-spotting schemes don’t always work - as witness the fortysomethings desperately trying to recreate their brief fame as 'BBC young musician of the year' - but Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme is an exception. Successive concerts by two NGA ensembles this week reinforced the point that this title is a copper-bottomed accolade.
Joyce DiDonato is not just a singer, she's a cheerleader carrying the torch for opera whenever she gets the chance.
Every now and then you discover a new band that you feel have belonged in your record collection for years. Rarer still, you discover that the band live on your own street. This I discovered when a local fire in Willesden Green, north-west London, led me online to Twitter, and to my neighbours, the pastoral dream pop band Channel Cairo.
Richard Adler co-wrote the scores for two of the 20th century's biggest musical hits, The Pajama Game (1954) and Damn Yankees (1955). Both ran for over a thousand performances, won Tony Awards as best musical, and yielded several song standards.
In looking to the future yesterday, England's selectors turned to the past. They resurrected Ian Bell's one-day career for the third time by asking him to fill the role of opening batsman vacated by Kevin Pietersen. It is a risky business, not quite supported by Bell's previous record over 108 matches, but it is based on the sound reasoning that it may be as well to pick the most gifted batsman in the country.