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 Interview, Golda Schultz on This Be Her Verse

by Katherine Cooper

The South African soprano discusses her debut solo recording - a 'love-letter to women in music' featuring songs by Clara Schumann, Emilie Mayer, Rebecca Clarke and Nadia Boulanger, plus a new commission by composer Kathleen Tagg and librettist Lila Palmer.

 Interview, Laurence Equilbey on Lucio Silla

by Katherine Cooper

The French conductor discusses her new recording of Mozart's early opera on Warner Classics, starring Alessandro Liberatore as the eponymous dictator and Franco Fagioli in the castrato role of Cecilio.

 Interview, Noemi Gyori and Gergely Madaras on Romantic flute duos

by David Smith

Flautist couple Noemi Gyori and Gergely Madaras talk about their new album of flute works – showcasing the work of the entrepreneurial Doppler brothers and the "Beethoven of the Flute", Friedrich Kuhlau.

 Interview, Harry Bicket on Handel's La Resurrezione

by David Smith

The conductor talks about his new recording of Handel's unusual oratorio dramatising the post-Easter story.

 Interview, Dylan Perez on Samuel Barber

by Katherine Cooper

The American pianist discusses recording his compatriot's complete songs on Resonus, with a line-up of singers including Mary Bevan, Fleur Barron, Jess Dandy, and his husband Nicky Spence.

 Interview, Paul Hillier on Jóhann Jóhannsson's Drone Mass

by David Smith

The conductor of Theatre of Voices talks about his new recording of a striking, atmospheric work by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

 Interview, Annelien Van Wauwe on FLOW

by Katherine Cooper

The Belgian clarinettist discusses her recent recording of the Mozart concerto and a new yoga-inspired commission by Wim Henderickx - and explains how her own daily yoga-practice has transformed her approach to making music.

 Interview, Jonathan Radford on the rise of the saxophone

by David Smith

The saxophonist talks about the pioneering Rudy Wiedoeft, who played a crucial role in promoting and popularising his instrument early in the twentieth century.

 Interview, Melanne Mueller on Avie Records

by Katherine Cooper

To mark Avie's twentieth birthday, the label's co-founder talks to Katherine about their commitment to 'giving something back to musicians', why the recording industry 'needs to be nimble', and long lunches with Julian Bream and Jon Lord...

 Interview, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Gábor Takács-Nagy on Mozart piano concertos

by David Smith

The pianist and conductor discuss Manchester, music as medicine, Mozart, motifs and Masonry.

 Interview, Semyon Bychkov on Mahler

by Katherine Cooper

In advance of the first instalment of his Mahler cycle with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on Pentatone, the conductor reflects on 'a lifetime of exploring and loving this music' - and why he believes that 'all Czech people are born musicians'...

 Interview, Choral music by Ian King from Gloucester Cathedral

by David Smith

Gloucester Cathedral's Director of Music Adrian Partington discusses his choirs' new album of sacred works by the late Ian King – long a stalwart of the local folk scene, but also steeped in the tradition of church music.

 Interview, The Korros Ensemble: Nostalgica

by David Smith

The ensemble's members talk about their new album of chamber music for flute, clarinet and harp by Howard Blake, Elizabeth Poston and others.

 Interview, Ian Bostridge on Tormento d'amore

by Katherine Cooper

The English tenor discusses his recent album of arias from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Italian operas, featuring music by composers including Cavalli, Vivaldi, Cesti, Stradella and Sartorio.

 Interview, Fenella Humphreys on Caprices

by Katherine Cooper

The violinist talks to Katherine about how her new album sprang in part from conquering childhood demons about Paganini, and how commissioning a host of composers to contribute to a new set of micro-variations on his Caprice No. 24 for the project 'brought some absolutely brilliant people into her life'.

 Interview, Ophélie Gaillard on A Night in London

by Katherine Cooper

The French cellist talks to Katherine about her new album centring on three composer-cellists who made their mark on the English capital in the mid-eighteenth century: the Italians Nicola Porpora and Giovanni Battista Cirri, and the Scotsman James Oswald.

 Interview, Nadine Sierra on Made for Opera

by Katherine Cooper

The American soprano talks about her new album on Deutsche Grammophon (featuring snapshots of Verdi's Violetta, Donizetti's Lucia and Gounod's Juliette), how the #MeToo movement has played out in the opera world, and the women who've empowered her in her career.

 Interview, Martin James Bartlett on Rachmaninov and Gershwin

by David Smith

The pianist talks about his new album that draws links between two giants of the early twentieth century, via Earl Wild and the New York jazz scene in the 1920s.

 Interview, Chen Reiss on Fanny Hensel

by Katherine Cooper

The Israeli soprano talks to Katherine about her new recording on Onyx showcasing Hensel's under-appreciated gifts as an orchestrator, and why she feels 'it’s about time that we give this composer the stage that she deserves'...

 Interview, Laurence Dreyfus on the consort music of John Jenkins

by David Smith

The director of acclaimed consort Phantasm talks about their new album of intricate, yet intimate, Renaissance works for viols.