Streaming has changed the way an increasing number of people now listen to music, yet many record labels say that the numbers just don't add up. Charlotte Gardner looks at how the classical music industry is facing up to this fresh challenge
Orfeo ed Euridice, the opera in which Orpheus placates the Furies with his lyre to rescue his beloved, exists on many recordings in at least two versions. In Gluck’s tercentenary year, Richard Wigmore picks the best.
The story of the last 12 months of Mozart’s life and his shockingly early death at 35 became something of an obsession during the 19th century – a situation that has barely abated since. Richard Wigmore unfolds the chronology and music of that extraordinary and fateful year
An isolated figure, working under one of the 20th century's most terrifying dictatorships, his music is emotional, controversial, misunderstood – and a guaranteed hall-filler. David Fanning asks: why are we obsessed with Shostakovich?