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 Interview, Alfred the Great - Brendel at 90

by Katherine Cooper

The Austrian pianist and author, who celebrated his ninetieth birthday in January, reflects on how the classical music world has altered since he began his career seven decades ago...

 Interview, Esther Yoo and Narek Hakhnazaryan on Shostakovich and Babadjanian

by David Smith

The violinist and cellist of the Z.E.N. Trio talk about the works on their most recent album, Burning Through The Cold.

 Interview, Lisette Oropesa on Mozart

by David Smith

The Cuban-American soprano talks to David about today's Recording of the Week, Ombra compagna.

 Interview, Ana de la Vega on Bach Unbuttoned

by David Smith

The Australian flautist talks about her new album of new perspectives on Bach, inspired by an intriguing detail on one of the most famous statues erected to him.

 Interview, Miloš Karadaglić on The Moon and the Forest

by Katherine Cooper

The Montenegrin guitarist talks to Katherine about recording two new concertos written especially for him: Joby Talbot's Ink Dark Moon and Howard Shore's The Forest.

 Interview, Sabine Weyer on Miaskovsky and Bacri

by David Smith

The Luxembourger pianist talks about her recent album Mysteries, in which she juxtaposes two very different composers' approaches to pushing the limits of Romanticism.

 Interview, Joyce DiDonato on Winterreise

by Katherine Cooper

The American mezzo talks to Katherine about her new recording with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, which approaches Schubert's great song-cycle from the perspective of the woman whom the narrator leaves behind...

 Interview, Colin Currie on HK Gruber

by Katherine Cooper

The Scottish percussionist talks to Katherine about recording two concertos by his friend 'Nali' - Rough Music from 1983, and into the open… (written for and premiered by Currie in 2015).

 Interview, Justin Taylor on the 'famille Rameau'

by David Smith

The harpsichordist discusses his new album on Alpha, which sees him explore the music of the Rameau clan – not just the famous Jean-Philippe but also his equally distinguished descendants.

 Interview, Dr Samantha Ege on Florence Price

by Katherine Cooper

The pianist and musicologist talks to Katherine about Fantasie Nègre (released on Lorelt last month), and her fascinating research on the lives and work of Black female composers in mid-twentieth-century Chicago.

 Interview, Andrew Nethsingha on Magnificat

by David Smith

The Director of Music at St John's College Cambridge talks about the choir's second volume of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis settings, ranging from Howells and Sumsion to contemporary composers such as Julian Anderson.

 Interview, Helen Charlston and Michael Craddock on their Isolation Songbook

by Katherine Cooper

The mezzo and baritone (and nearly-weds!) discuss how their open call for new music to sing together during lockdown spiralled into a full-scale album of commissions, released last month on Delphian...

 Interview, Martin Suckling on This Departing Landscape

by David Smith

The Scottish composer talks about his new album of orchestral and concertante works, drawing on inspirations ranging from childhood friendships to contemporary ceramic art and the philosophical musings of Morton Feldman.

 Interview, Ksenija Sidorova on Piazzólla's legacy

by David Smith

The Latvian accordionist talks about her new album paying tribute to the great Astor Piazzólla, and tracing the modern legacy of his advocacy for the instrument.

 Interview, Peter Cigleris on British Clarinet Concertos

by David Smith

Clarinettist Peter Cigleris talks about his new album on Signum, which sees him revive not one but four forgotten clarinet concertos from early twentieth-century Britain.

 Interview, Peter Whelan on The Trials of Tenducci

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about his new recording with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, which explores the musical life of mid-eighteenth-century Dublin and the legacy of one of its brightest imported stars - the scandal-hit castrato Giusto Fernando Tenducci.

 Interview, Julian Perkins on John Eccles's Semele

by David Smith

The conductor and keyboardist talks about his recent recording of John Eccles's tragic Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music.

 Interview, Renaud Capuçon on Elgar

by Katherine Cooper

The French violinist talks to Katherine about recording the Violin Concerto and Sonata with Sir Simon Rattle, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Stephen Hough.

 Interview, Julian Perkins on Stephen Dodgson

by Katherine Cooper

The conductor talks to Katherine about the world première recording of the 1979 chamber-opera Margaret Catchpole, which tells the story of a Suffolk servant-girl who was deported to Australia for stealing a horse in the late eighteenth century.

 Interview, James Newby on I Wonder as I Wander

by Katherine Cooper

The young British baritone talks to Katherine about his career to date, and his debut recording of songs by Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler and Britten on BIS.