This city of Mozart, 'The Sound of Music' and the gateway to great skiing is preparing to mark the 200th anniversary of its joining Austria
The pianist and violinist demonstrate their experience as a double-act as they excel at Mozart
Pianist Maria Joao Pires offered a sound of warm fullness and muscular expressiveness
As the Royal Opera opens its new Don Giovanni, Jessica Duchen argues that its theme of moral vacuity is as relevant now as in Mozart's day
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Christian Blackshaw occupies a unique niche on the piano circuit. His brilliant early career was powered by the ability, which he had absorbed from his great mentor Clifford Curzon, to make every note sing. His wife’s illness then took him out of the game, which he has now re-entered.
The first Dolby filter cost £700, around £11,000 today; he soon began working on a home model
Commissioned to celebrate the coronation of the present Queen, Gloriana was a rare flop for Benjamin Britten. Its story of silly, handsome Robert Devereux’s ascent and descent in the affections of the ageing Elizabeth I is doubly hampered by the Tudorbethan argot of William Plomer’s libretto and the composer’s garish orchestration of John Dowland’s lute songs. For every moment of beauty and brilliance, there is another of thumb-twiddling banality.
A poem which famously inspired Nelson Mandela during his decades of incarceration has been set to music by a rising opera star.
Comedy: I have been watching the HBO series Girls. It's my latest box set. It's extraordinary. Lena Dunham not only writes and stars in it but also directs it. Which is incredibly brave of her, but makes complete sense as it's totally her vision. And it's fantastic that a network has let her creativity flourish without interference. We need more of that in TV.
The umbrella title for English National Ballet’s latest triple bill suggests decadent abandon.
Hollywood A-listers jet in to add sparkle to Vienna's annual event with an image problem
Royal Festival Hall, London
Since the Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska returned to the stage three years ago after a long time out, her story has earned her legendary status.
'I'd love to see Mozart on stage playing vintage synths'