Jörg Widmann: approached Mendelssohn with the licence of an interpreter who takes composer-like possession of the music

When it comes to musical prodigies, Mendelssohn outshines even Mozart. There is a great difference in scale, to be sure. Mozart, toured and pro(...)

‘Engaging and sometimes crusty’: Harrison Birtwistle, who gave a public interview at the New Music Dublin festival. Photograph: Getty

In the world of classical music, contemporary music has a bad name. The undesirable reputation attaches itself to new music, too, just as it did in(...)