US actress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt: her catches included Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and the photographer Gordon Parks. Photograph: Intercontinentale/AFP

Born: February 20th, 1924 Died: June 17th, 2019 Gloria Vanderbilt, the original “poor little rich girl”, inherited vast family wealth at the high pr(...)

Gloria Vanderbilt in 2009. The society heiress died on Monday at her home in Manhattan, aged 95. Photograph: Piotr Redlinski/The New York Times

Gloria Vanderbilt, the heiress, artist and romantic who began her life as the “poor little rich girl” of the Great Depression, has died at the age of (...)

Wendy Carlos: At the time ‘Switched-On Bach’ was released, the composer was  six months into transgender hormone therapy, and still known as Carlos. Photograph: GAB Archive/Redferns

Since its release 50 years ago, Switched-On Bach has been relegated to the realm of kitsch curiosity; blips and blops produced from tinkerings on prim(...)

The 18-year-old Shostakovich wrote of his First Symphony: “Not bad . . . although it really ought to be called a symphony-grotesque”. Valencia-born Gu(...)

Malaysian pianist Bobby Chen played each item better than the last

If the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season got off to an unusually sombre start last week, then that was because the opening work, Mahler(...)

You could look at Boulez’s always baton-less hands and see suggestions of refinements that had not yet actually made it into the playing. Photograph: Christophe Ena/File/AP Photo/

The death last week of Pierre Boulez at the age of 90 marks the passing of the last great figure from the postwar European avant-garde. Boulez, along(...)

Deanna Durbin  in May 1939 with her first husband Vaughn Paul in the clubhouse of Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Photograph: AP
Obituary: Deanna Durbin

When a teenage Deanna Durbin appeared on screen in the 1930s, in a decorous white dress, singing with a bell-like purity, audiences sighed cont(...)