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 Interview, John Francis on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

by David Smith

The Chairman of Albion Records 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.

 Interview, Eric Lu on The Leeds International Piano Competition

by David Smith

The 20-year-old Chinese-American pianist talks to David about his victory last month and his plans for the immediate future.

 Interview, Bryn Terfel on Dreams and Songs

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine speaks to the great Welsh bass-baritone about his new album, which includes duets with Dame Emma Thompson, Joseph Calleja and Rob Brydon as well as the world premiere recording of Karl Jenkins's The Shepherd Poet of Passchendaele.

 Interview, The Calidore Quartet on 'Resilience'

by David Smith

The members of the young American string quartet talk to David about their début recording, which features four quartets from composers experiencing a variety of personal and political traumas.

 Interview, Stuart Skelton on Wagner

by Katherine Cooper

The Australian tenor (currently singing Siegmund in the Royal Opera House's Ring Cycle) talks to Katherine about his career as a Wagnerian and his debut solo recording Shining Knight, recently released on ABC Classics.

 Interview, Sean Shibe on softLOUD

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the award-winning young guitarist about his confrontational new album, which mixes seventeenth-century Scottish lute music with works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe and David Lang.

 Interview, Albina Shagimuratova and Daniela Barcellona on Semiramide

by Katherine Cooper

Katherine talks to the Russian soprano and Italian mezzo who star as mother and estranged son on Sir Mark Elder's new, uncut recording of Rossini's great opera seria.

 Interview, Sir Thomas Allen on September Songs

by Katherine Cooper

The veteran baritone talks to Katherine about his autumnal album of classics from The Great American Songbook, out now on Champs Hill Records and featuring soprano Lucy Crowe.

 Interview, Magdalena Kožená on French song

by Katherine Cooper

The Czech mezzo talks to Katherine about recording Duparc with Robin Ticciati and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin for their new album Aimer et mourir, out tomorrow on Linn Records.

 Interview, Sakari Oramo on Langgaard

by David Smith

The conductor of the Wiener Philharmoniker talks to David about his new album of works by the forgotten Danish Romantic composer Rued Langgaard.

 Interview, Bertrand Chamayou on Saint-Saëns

by Katherine Cooper

The French pianist talks to Katherine about his new recording of the Second and Fifth Piano Concertos and a selection of the composer's lesser-known solo piano works, released on Friday on Erato.

 Interview, Roxanna Panufnik on 'Celestial Bird'

by David Smith

David talks to composer Roxanna Panufnik about her forthcoming collection of eclectic vocal works performed by Ex Cathedra and Milapfest under Jeffrey Skidmore.

 Interview, Richard Bonynge on Edward J. Loder

by Katherine Cooper

The veteran operatic conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of the Bath-born composer's Gothic melodrama Raymond and Agnes, out now on Retrospect Opera.

 Interview, Scott Metcalfe on The Peterhouse Part-Books

by David Smith

David talks to the founder and artistic director of Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron about the culmination of his project to record lost pre-Reformation choral works from the Peterhouse Partbooks.