Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.
Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music by Anna Beer reviewed.
Between the delights of reconstructed sonatas and Thomas Gould's "violin hair", the paradoxically intricate simplicity of Bach shone in Baroque Encounters.
From The Thirty-Nine Steps to a potted history of England, the books we're given can have a big impact.
Overnight, we went from the closest of pals to less than casual acquaintances.
The controller of Radio 4, on grumpy listeners, budget cuts and government interference at the BBC.
An evening of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.
What to listen to and how to do it.
What makes a piece of music a Christmas carol, anyway?
This Mikado succeeds where every other version I’ve seen has failed, because it constantly reminds us that Gilbert and Sullivan were first and foremost creating a satire, not a musical comedy.
Lose focus for a second and you can quickly drop the thread of Jarrett's complex improvisational techniques.
The Zombie PM