Thomas Gould: from Mahler to Radiohead, variety is the spice of life

I wonder if the days of the single-minded virtuoso are coming to an end. In the 19th century, violinists such as Paganini and Joachim, or last century, Heifetz and Oistrakh held the world in thrall, touring concert halls with a handful of iconic concertos and recital programmes. But the music world today has changed.

With music-streaming websites and iPhone shuffle having largely replaced home record collections, today’s listeners have broad musical tastes across diverse musical genres. This carries over to concert audiences too, many of whom are .....

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