A medieval song about courtly love; a Beethoven symphony; a brand-new piece for a children’s choir; and electronics all come under the heading of ‘classical music’.
Try to swallow all that whole and you’ll end up feeling disorientated and more than a little sick. You need to find the parts that speak to you personally. It may be that Russian music fires you up, or the calm beauty of Renaissance music, or the adventurous, strange sounds of living composers. When you make the discovery it will feel like fate, as if the music was just waiting for you to come along. Full story.
Ivan Hewett (The Telegraph) / 9 June, 2016