Sarah Willis plays the French horn in the Berlin Philharmonic and is also a well-known and popular presenter of TV and online programs about classical music. She is the host of Deutsche Grammophon's international podcast series with the Yellow Label's star studded cast of musicians as her guests. The monthly podcast episodes give an insider's view of the musicians and their most recent DG recordings. Laughs and a few surprises are guaranteed!
DG Podcast meets Yannick Nézet-Séguin
How does a famous conductor practice before recording his solo piano album? And what kind of repertoire do you choose when you venture to the keys as a conductor? In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode, Sarah Willis meets her friend and colleague Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Although his work as one of the world's leading conductors keeps him very busy, Yannick found time during the pandemic to release his first piano album. He explains that the piano gives him the opportunities to make chamber music, accompany singers, and to always take different angles on the music.
DG Podcast meets Dustin O'Halloran
In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode, Sarah’s guest is Dustin O´Halloran, the Oscar-nominated pianist and composer. His new album “Silfur” was recorded in Iceland and in this podcast, Dustin talks to Sarah about his love for the piano as a truly expressive instrument, how he writes music and how the landscapes of Iceland influenced this album.
DG Podcast meets Moby
Deutsche Grammophon podcast host Sarah Willis loves to learn more about different musical genres. In this new episode, Sarah has the opportunity to interview the legendary American musician Moby about the making of his new album "Reprise", which required a completely new way of working from the artist: unlike usual, Moby did not work alone on his music, but together with many different artists and even an orchestra. Tune in and listen to the likeable and uncomplicated musician, who talks about his musical roots, his sources of inspiration and his work processes.
DG Podcast meets Andrè Schuen
Deutsche Grammophon Podcast host Sarah Willis welcomes baritone Andrè Schuen to this episode. She is impressed by the voice, the articulation and the versatility of the young baritone who was born in South Tyrol speaking three languages as his mother tongue: German, Italian and Ladin. They talk about his impressive DG debut album of Schubert’s song cycle „Die schöne Müllerin“ - accompanied by Daniel Heide - art songs, the programming of recitals and many more fascinating aspects.
DG Podcast meets Christian Löffler
In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode Sarah Willis explores the world of electronic music with conceptual artist and composer Christian Löffler who reworked tracks by some of the greatest composers who ever lived, including J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. Löffler explains how he achieved the right balance between paying tribute to these illustrious composers but also re-inserting their music into contemporary discourse.
DG Podcast meets Hilary Hahn
Podcast host and Berlin Philharmonic horn player Sarah Willis admires violinist Hilary Hahn for her fantastic playing and the way she communicates her passion for what she does. In this Deutsche Grammophon podcast episode Hilary explains why her upcoming album is called “Paris”, why she initiated her #100daysofpractice challenge and how to hulahoop while playing the violin.