In the Shadow of War

In the Shadow of War (BIS-1992 SACD) – liner notes Read more…

Vegh for Salzburg 2012

  I was sixteen when I first attended the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove, Cornwall, on the south-west tip of England. I had heard many stories about the seminar’s founder, the great Hungarian violinist and teacher (and later conductor) Sandor Vegh – about his amazing musicianship, his fearsome temper and his extraordinary looks. But […] Read more…

The charm of Czech music

  Why is it that so much Czech music is loveable in such a unique way?  What quality is it that causes the listener immediately to trust composers such as Dvorak and Martinu, to feel such a deep empathy with them? Perhaps it is a silly question; in a way, one always feels empathy with […] Read more…

Speaking with legends

Article which was published in the Score, the magazine for friends of the Wigmore Hall, about Steven’s upcoming projects there. Read more…

19th century novels featuring musicians

This article appeared in the ‘Best Books’ section of the Week magazine in September 2011 Read more…

My month

Article which appeared in the Gramophone in February 2009 about Steven’s 50th birthday celebration. Read more…

In defence of Schumann

Steven wrote several articles about his hero Robert Schumann for the latter’s bi-centenary last year. This one appeared on guardian.co.uk on Thursday 1 July 2010. A version appeared on p7 of the Film & music section of the Guardian on Friday 2 July 2010. Read more…

The Warden – a cellist’s view

Cellists were not uniformly well-treated by nineteenth-century authors. I’m sure that there are many examples of them within the vast range of Victorian literature; but the two that spring instantly to mind are distinctly unimpressive. Read more…

Delight

When I was about six years old, my parents arrived home with a mysterious package that wriggled and made unaccountable noises and snuffled and was warm and (very shortly thereafter) unconditionally friendly. Read more…