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Insight and opinion from leading figures in classical music.

    Michael Spyres on Berlioz's les nuits d'été

    Michael Spyres on Berlioz's les nuits d'été

    Michael Spyres has won three Gramophone Awards: Opera and Recording of the Year in 2018 for Berlioz's Les troyens, and Voice and Ensemble in 2022 for 'Baritenor', an album that reveals his remarkable vocal range. Now, again for Erato and in the company of his Trojans conductor, John Nelson, he has recorded Les nuits d'été – but in the original keys and in Berlioz's envisaged registers. James Jolly spoke to Michael Spyres about his approach to the Berlioz songs, and also about whether he considers himself a tenor or a baritone these days.

    • 29 min
    Ruby Hughes on her new album 'Echo'

    Ruby Hughes on her new album 'Echo'

    Ruby Hughes's new album for BIS, 'Echo', finds her in the company of Huw Watkins, as both pianist and composer. His song cycle, Echo, written for Ruby, and commissioned by Carnegie Hall, sits at the programme's centre and is flanked by a sequence of short pieces by Bach (both sung and for solo piano), a handful of folksongs and three works by three more living composers, Deborah Pritchard, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Errolyn Wallen. James Jolly went to visit Ruby to discuss the album and some of the emotional waves it responds to, or even sends out.

    • 21 min
    Clare Hammond on Hélène de Montgeroult

    Clare Hammond on Hélène de Montgeroult

    Clare Hammond's new album is a wonderful recital of works by Hélène de Montgeroult. Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford recently caught up with the pianist to talk about what drew her to this French composer's neglected music. 'Hélène de Montgeroult - Études' is available now on the BIS label.

    • 18 min
    Celebrating Gramophone's Label of the Year, Chandos, with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Celebrating Gramophone's Label of the Year, Chandos, with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

    Chandos was named Gramophone’s Label of the Year at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards last month – a perfect excuse for a series of podcasts focusing on some of the label’s key artists. And the pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet would certainly count as one, with complete cycles of the Beethoven piano sonatas and concertos, the piano works of Debussy, the Prokofiev and Bartók piano concertos, a cycle of the Haydn piano sonatas as well as the Mozart piano concertos to his name.
    Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford caught up with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet recently to talk about his relationship with Chandos and the role recording has played in his career.

    • 35 min
    Anne-Sophie Mutter and Pablo Ferrández

    Anne-Sophie Mutter and Pablo Ferrández

    The violinist and cellist have recorded Brahms’s Double Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Manfred Honeck, plus Clara Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor for which they are joined by Lambert Orkis at the piano. Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford caught up with them to discuss their collaboration on this new album, released today on Sony Classical. Gramophone Podcasts are produced in association with Wigmore Hall. 

    • 22 min
    Mason Bates on Philharmonia Fantastique

    Mason Bates on Philharmonia Fantastique

    The American composer Mason Bates wrote Philharmonia Fantastique to a commission from a host of major US orchestras (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and the American Youth Symphony). It was recorded for Sony Classical by the Chicago SO under Edwin Outwater and released earlier this year. Now an animated film by Academy Award-winning sound designer Gary Rydstrom, and featuring the work of Jim Capobianco, has been made using the same soundtrack. (It will be available from November 4 to rent or purchase in 4K and surround-sound on the AppleTV app and to stream on Apple Music.)
    Gramophone's Editor, Martin Cullingford, spoke to Mason Bates about the work and the new animated film.
    Gramophone Podcasts are made in association with Wigmore Hall, sponsors of the 2022 Chamber Award. 
     

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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69 Ratings

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