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There is a welcome move to challenge the hallowed conventions of classical concerts. But change must be carefully negotiated
Martin Kettle  

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2010 is the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s and Schumann’s births—and offers a timely reminder of the piano recital’s decline
Martin Kettle  

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What is the English National Opera for? Visits to the London Coliseum and a new official history have left me none the wiser
Martin Kettle  

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Leonard Bernstein's music is looked down upon. Yet his mission to bring high art to the masses entitles him to better treatment
Martin Kettle  

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Female characters in operas are even more likely to die than henchmen in a Bond film. So why is opera out to kill its women?
Martin Kettle  

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The Proms are a magnificent institution and rightly celebrate diversity. But this must not come at the cost of the core classical tradition
Martin Kettle  

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Bernard Haitink is wrongly pigeonholed as an Austro-German specialist. There's much more to this great conductor than that
Martin Kettle  

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Chamber music is a vital and vigorous branch of the classical tradition. So why does it have such trouble winning audiences and reviews?
Martin Kettle