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 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on Busoni

by Katherine Cooper

The pianist talks to Katherine about his recording of the Italian composer’s gargantuan Piano Concerto of 1904, released this week on Myrios with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo.

 Interview, The Foyle-Štšura Duo on Penderecki and Lutosławski

by David Smith

David talks to the Duo about their new album exploring chamber works by two Polish twentieth-century giants.

 Interview, Sir George Benjamin on Lessons in Love and Violence

by Katherine Cooper

The composer talks to Katherine about the genesis of his third opera, which premiered at Covent Garden last May and was released on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of December.

 Interview, David Trippett on Liszt's Sardanapalo

by Katherine Cooper

The musicologist and driving-force behind today's Recording of the Week talks to Katherine about the mysterious genesis of Liszt's uncompleted opera, and the process of reconstructing the manuscript for performance.

 Interview, Hilary Hahn on Bach

by Katherine Cooper

The American violinist talks to Katherine about returning to Bach's solo sonatas and partitas two decades after her debut recording aged 16.

 Interview, Will Todd on his Jazz Missa Brevis

by David Smith

The composer talks to David about his new album of jazz-infused choral works, pairing a set of Passiontide works with a new Missa Brevis.

 Interview, Boris Giltburg on Liszt

by David Smith

David talks to the Russian-born Israeli pianist about his recording of the Études d'exécution transcendante, released last Friday on Naxos.

 Interview, Ian Bostridge on Requiem: The Pity of War

by Katherine Cooper

The tenor talks to Katherine about his recent recording of songs by Mahler, George Butterworth, Rudi Stephan and Kurt Weill with Antonio Pappano, released at the end of October on Warner Classics.

 Interview, Jennifer Pike on The Polish Violin

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about her new album of music by Wieniawski, Szymanowski, Karłowicz and Moszkowski, released last Friday on Chandos Records.

 Interview, Carolyn Sampson on Abbandonata

by Katherine Cooper

The soprano talks to Katherine about her recording of four of Handel's Italian cantatas, including Armida abbandonata and Agrippina condotta a morire, released on Vivat in October.

 Interview, John Andrews on Arthur Sullivan's The Light of the World

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of Sullivan's 1873 oratorio on the life of Christ, which was released last month on Dutton.

 Interview, Julian Prégardien on Hans Zender's Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The German tenor talks to Katherine about recording Zender's 'composed interpretation' of Schubert's great song-cycle, out now on Alpha.

 Interview, Alessandro Marangoni on Rossini

by Katherine Cooper

The Italian pianist talks to Katherine about his long-term mission to record the composer’s complete piano music (much of it written decades after his early retirement from opera), recently accomplished on Naxos.

 Interview, William Vann on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

by David Smith

William Vann talks to David about a new album recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, devoted entirely to Christmas works by Vaughan Williams and featuring a number of world-première recordings.

 Interview, Colin Currie on The Scene of the Crime

by David Smith

Trailblazing percussionist Colin Currie talks to David about his recent duo recording with trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.

 Interview, Choral Works by Owain Park

by David Smith

The young singer, conductor and composer talks to David about his choral works as recently recorded on Hyperion by Stephen Layton and The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge.

 Interview, Rory McCleery on Pater Peccavi

by David Smith

The Marian Consort's conductor talks to David about his new recording exploring a fascinating and unique corner of Iberia's musical history.

 Interview, Jaap van Zweden on the Hong Kong Philharmonic's Ring Cycle

by Katherine Cooper

As the final instalment of the cycle on Naxos is released, the conductor talks to Katherine about the project's origins, and the challenges and rewards of tackling Wagner's epic with an orchestra whose primary home is the concert-hall rather than the opera-house.

 Interview, Dame Sarah Connolly on A Walk with Ivor Gurney

by David Smith

The great English mezzo talks to David about her new album exploring the music and poetry of the wartime composer Ivor Gurney, with Tenebrae and the Aurora Orchestra.

 Interview, Clemens Trautmann on DG120

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the President of Deutsche Grammophon about his career and the label's 120th anniversary celebrations, including this evening's gala concert in Berlin, which is being streamed live at 8pm CET.