Festival Focus: Piano City Lecce

With performances in ornate Baroque churches, private homes, a nature reserve and even a bus, Piano City Lecce showed how the piano can infiltrate every aspect of a city's culture

Lang Lang: a whole new world

Virtuoso arrangements of tunes from Disney movies are the focus of Lang Lang's latest album, which he hopes will offer younger listeners a way into classical music. Owen Mortimer reports

Phantoms of the piano

How spooky is the piano? Benjamin Ivry ponders a new book that suggests the instrument invites paranormal experiences

Sviatoslav Richter: Russian revelations

Sviatoslav Richter offers some intimate insights into the music that inspired and challenged him, his relationship with audiences and penchant for practising at the 11th hour

Claudio Arrau: past master

Claudio Arrau recounts his memories of one of the most influential yet controversial musicians of the 20th century, composer-pianist Ferruccio Busoni

Long-Thibaud Competition: a guide

The last Long-Thibaud Competition saw a standoff between the jury and the audience, but with a history stretching back nearly 80 years it takes more than a scandal and a pandemic to knock it off...

Bobby Mitchell: sense of self

Jonathon Brown meets Bobby Mitchell, artistic director of the EBEN festival in France, to discuss his freestyle approach to Schumann's late works, and the liberating idiosyncrasies of Haydn

Festival Focus: Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival has stood the test of time, attracting a nucleus of loyal stars to an event that is something of a pilgrimage. Michael Church reports

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