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The finest artists on their latest albums and in-depth discussions with leading writers - a weekly exploration of classical music

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The finest artists on their latest albums and in-depth discussions with leading writers - a weekly exploration of classical music

    Soprano Sophie Bevan on overcoming adversity

    Soprano Sophie Bevan on overcoming adversity

    Hattie Butterworth meets soprano Sophie Bevan ahead of her appearance at the First Night of the Proms. Moving through Sophie's early life and career, they speak about her experience navigating a diagnosis of bowel cancer, the importance of her faith and family, and what she wishes audiences knew about the life of a singer. 
    Music included in the epsiode:
    'Take the Heart' from Jephtha Act I, Scene 3: George Friderich Handel · The Sixteen · Harry Christophers on CORO (2014)
    'Perché, se tanti siete' from Scena di Berenic on Perfido!  · Sophie Bevan · Franz Joseph Haydn · Ian Page · Classical Opera / The Mozartists on Signum Classics (2017)
    'Ferma l'ali' from Pt. 1 Scene 2 from Handel's La Resurrezione · The English Concert · Harry Bicket · Sophie Bevan on Linn Records (2023)
    'Beati Quorum Via' by Charles Villiers Stanford from Vidi Speciosam: Sacred Choral Music · Graham Ross · The Bevan Family Consort  on Signum Records (2023)
     
     

    • 40 min
    Dalia's Mixtape: Judith Weir's 'Still, Glowing'

    Dalia's Mixtape: Judith Weir's 'Still, Glowing'

    In April, Dalia Stasevska, Chief Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, launched a new project, ‘Dalia’s Mixtape’, for Platoon. Leading her BBC orchestra, she has recorded ten works by ten modern composers, each shedding a new and different light on the symphony orchestra and what it can do. And, breaking with tradition, the project will unfold piece by piece over the next half year. And each work will be accompanied by a podcast focusing on the music.
    In this latest episode, hosted by Gramophone’s Andrew Mellor, Dalia’s guest is the Master of the King's Music, Dame Judith Weir whose orchestral work Still, Glowing features on the 'Mixtape'. Composer and conductor discuss this haunting piece.

    • 16 min
    Harry Christophers at 70: The Sixteen's founder on a life in music

    Harry Christophers at 70: The Sixteen's founder on a life in music

    Conductor and founder of The Sixteen Harry Christophers speaks to Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford about his new album, ‘70: A Life in Music’, which features 39 carefully selected recordings from the conductor's career so far, spanning periods from the renaissance to contemporary music. Reflecting on his 45-year career, Christophers' talks about his introduction to music, the formation of The Sixteen and the future of young composers today. 
    ‘70: A Life in Music’ is out now on CORO.
     

    • 47 min
    Héloïse Werner on her new album 'Close-ups'

    Héloïse Werner on her new album 'Close-ups'

    Soprano and composer Héloïse Werner speaks to Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford about her new album, ‘Close-ups’, which features composers Barbara Strozzi, Julie Pinel and Hildegard of Bingen as well as compositions by Werner herself. Her second album sees her collaborating with fellow musicians Colin Alexander, Julian Azkoul, Max Baillie, Kit Downes, Ruth Gibson and Marianne Schofield. 
    ‘Close-ups’ is out now on Delphian.
     

    • 30 min
    Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy on their piano four-hands debut album

    Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy on their piano four-hands debut album

    For their debut Harmonia Mundi release as a duo, pianists Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy have recorded two works by Schubert, the great Fantasy in F minor and the Divertissement à la Hongroise, and, in between, a work they commissioned, Trompe-l’oeil by the Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov (b1955), who has said of his piece, ‘You can envisage it as the follow-up, or the rough draft of Schubert’s Fantasy. Something incomplete. Like a study for a composition that’s been abandoned en route.’
    James Jolly went to visit Pavel and Samson, partners both off stage and on, at their home in North London recently to talk about the art of piano four-hands …

    • 32 min
    Magdalena Kožená on her new album 'Czech Songs'

    Magdalena Kožená on her new album 'Czech Songs'

    Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená speaks to Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford about her new album, ‘Czech Songs’, which features composers Bohuslav Martinů, Antonín Dvořák, Hans Krása and Gideon Klein, and for which she's joined by the Czech Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. ‘Czech Songs’ is out now on Pentatone.

    • 20 min

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