Pick of the Week:

How to conduct Richard Strauss

The inscrutable Furtwängler in 1950. Can anyone name the players? Or the ramrod audience? Here’s the composer conducting, in 1944. No closeups of the (Vienna)

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A great Met bass has died

Nicola Ghiuselev, one of a succession of dominant Bulgarian bass singers, died in Friday, aged 77. He sang major roles in all the great houses

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Liverpool Lullaby no more

It was one of the great English contributions to the Sixties folk revolution. ‘Oh, you are a mucky kid…’ Judy Collins, the Spinners and Cilla

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