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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

    Jennifer Johnston on Munich, Liverpool & when the music stopped

    Jennifer Johnston on Munich, Liverpool & when the music stopped

    Jennifer Johnston has just appeared, as Waltraute, on the new BR-Klassik recording of Wagner's Die Walküre conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. She talks to James Jolly about her decade-long association with the Bavarian State Opera and its Generalmusikdirektor, Kirill Petrenko; about music in her home city of Liverpool; and memories of Christa Ludwig with whom she studied as a student.
    Gramophone Podcasts are presented in association with Wigmore Hall.

    • 28 min
    Sir Nicholas Kenyon on his new book, The Life of Music

    Sir Nicholas Kenyon on his new book, The Life of Music

    Editor Martin Cullingford is joined by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of London's Barbican and author of a new book called The Life of Music: New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition. As well as exploring the book's list of 100 recommended recordings, they also discuss five key turning points in the history of music.

    • 30 min
    Joyce DiDonato on Schubert's Winterreise

    Joyce DiDonato on Schubert's Winterreise

    In 2019, Joyce DiDonato and Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed Schubert's great song-cycle in concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, and Erato were on hand to record it. James Jolly caught up with the multi-Gramophone Award-winning mezzo to talk about her unique approach to the work. As one of a handful of women singers who have recorded Winterreise, Joyce needed to find her own way into the cycle, as she explains from her house in Spain. 
    Gramophone Podcasts are presented in association with Wigmore Hall.

    • 29 min
    Sir Antonio Pappano on music-making in the time of Covid

    Sir Antonio Pappano on music-making in the time of Covid

    James Jolly caught up with the conductor by video call at his house in Rome to talk about his two new releases of music by Vaughan Williams and Strauss. Gramophone Podcasts are presented in association with Wigmore Hall.

    • 25 min
    Adam Walker on French music for flute

    Adam Walker on French music for flute

    The acclaimed flautist explores his two new albums released on Chandos Records

    • 33 min
    Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and becoming a mezzo

    Anna Lucia Richter on Monteverdi and becoming a mezzo

    Anna Lucia Richter's second album for Pentatone, 'Il delirio della passione', is devoted to the music of Claudio Monteverdi, a programme she put together with Luca Pianca, who directs Ensemble Claudiana on the recording.
    James Jolly caught up with Anna Lucia by video call to talk about the project, but also hear about her decision to switch from singing soprano to mezzo-soprano. Making use of the 'down-time' afforded her by lockdown, she worked with Prof Tamar Rachum in Tel Aviv via Skype and phone to develop her 'new voice'.

    • 20 min

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59 Ratings

59 Ratings

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Sound quality during interviews

These podcasts are often interesting but severely let down by really bad sound quality during the interviews with artists. Microphones are placed too far away, so the voices sound distant, are not loud enough (requiring adjustments to the volume up when there is an interview and down again when there is music). This is so easy to fix and would make these podcasts much more enjoyable. A magazine devoted to recordings should really know this ...

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