Richard Bratby

Music

About Schmidt

Franz Schmidt spent his career trying to escape the suburbs of central European music

By Richard Bratby

Art

Meet the Mozarts

The family that plays together…

By Richard Bratby

Art

I’m still not wholly convinced by Kirill Petrenko: Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall reviewed

The orchestra’s online archive offers an impressive spread of performances, including Rattle conducting Tom and Jerry and a Karajan concert that is appalling and magnificent

By Richard Bratby

Art

From Middlemarch to Mickey Mouse: a short history of The Spectator’s books and arts pages

The magazine has spent 10,000 issues identifying the dominant cultural phenomena of the day and being difficult about them

By Richard Bratby

Art

The joy of Haydn’s string quartets

Haydn survived smallpox, saw his house burn down (twice) and narrowly escaped castration

By Richard Bratby

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