What is the role of the performer when performing works by other composers? Is it to try to reproduce the work as the composer intended it to be (as far as this can be known)? Or is it the performer’s role to interpret the music afresh? Should the performer stamp his/her own personality onto a piece of music by Bach or Mozart, for example?We expect a pop singer to make a song his/her ‘own’ (as Simon Cowell would say) but do we expect this of a classical performer? I know lots of people disagree with me, but it’s my opinion that we should try to keep to the composer’s intentions (as far as we know what these are). Bearing in mind that Mozart, for example, had one of the greatest musical sensibilities in the history of music, I don’t wish to hear a performer’s ‘interpretation’ interfering with Mozart’s own voice.