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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

    Paavo Järvi on working with his NHK Symphony Orchestra

    Paavo Järvi on working with his NHK Symphony Orchestra

    The Estonian conductor, Paavo Järvi, talks about his three orchestras, and particularly his Tokyo-based NHK Symphony Orchestra as they arrive in Europe as part of a concert tour that takes in nine cities. To coincide with the tour, Sony Classical has released two new albums: Mahler's Sixth Symphony and three work by Bartók, the Music for strings, percussion and celesta, Dance Suite and Divertimento.

    • 20 min
    Masaaki Suzuki on returning to Bach's St Matthew Passion

    Masaaki Suzuki on returning to Bach's St Matthew Passion

    Twenty five years after his first recording for BIS of JS Bach's St Matthew Passion, Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan have taken the work into the studio for a second time, and a magnificent achievement it proves. James Jolly met up with Suzuki when he was in London recently, working with students at the Royal Academy of Music.

    • 14 min
    The King's Singers on Finding Harmony

    The King's Singers on Finding Harmony

    The latest album from The King’s Singers draws together music from the Protestant Reformation through to the US Civil Rights Movement, and right up until the present day. The uniting theme is that reflected in the album’s title – Find Harmony, where music has given hope in times of oppression and brought people together after tragedy. Editor Martin Cullingford met countertenor Patrick Dunachie and bass Jonathan Howard to discuss the ambitious album, which is available now on Signum Classics.

    • 28 min
    José Serebrier on writing his concertos for piano and flute

    José Serebrier on writing his concertos for piano and flute

    José Serebrier has just released a new recording for BIS containing two works specially commissioned from him for the pianist Alexandre Kantorow and the flautist Sharon Bezaly, alongside a group of shorter works for orchestra. James Jolly went to meet Serebrier to talk about his music, how he approaches composition and conducting his own music. And what he does when he finds himself without manuscript paper! 

    • 18 min
    Mary Bevan on singing Haydn, Schubert and Wolf

    Mary Bevan on singing Haydn, Schubert and Wolf

    For her latest Signum Classics album, ‘The Divine Muse’, the soprano Mary Bevan has chosen a programme of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, and at its heart, Joseph Haydn’s scena Arianna a Naxos. She explores the project with James Jolly.

    • 11 min
    Ruby Hughes on Rhian Samuel’s Clytemnestra

    Ruby Hughes on Rhian Samuel’s Clytemnestra

    The English soprano on a work of which she’s become a modern champion

    • 13 min

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