Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

The conductor, slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, sparked controversy with his recent comments on Russia’s anti-gay legislation. The head of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre is a friend and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

4 Ways To Hear More In Music

You love the music you love, but you’ll love it even more if you listen closely. Here’s a cheat sheet for diving deep into music’s most basic components: rhythm, melody, harmony and color.

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

In this year’s Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop. A jazz composer and a soprano captured multiple prizes, while the Academy recognized a performances by an adventurous American orchestra and a compelling young vocal group. See the full list of classical winners.

94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

Born in 1867, Powell paved the way for female — and American — violinists around the world. In 1904, she was among the first to record her music in a studio. And this year at the Grammys she’ll be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award, alongside The Beatles and The Isley Brothers.