Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas was performed on Sunday by Denmark’s Theatre of Voices with the National Chamber Choir under Paul Hillier (above). Photograph: Frank Miller

Can you name a composer who described his own music as “horrid”? We live in a world where classical music is often portrayed as relaxing, and in a cou(...)

Soler: 13 Sonatas

The keyboard sonatas of the Spanish priest Padre Antonio Soler (1729-83) are often compared to the much more celebrated sonatas of Domenico Scarlat(...)