Interviews & Portraits

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The ARC Ensemble committed to Remembering the Forgotten

"I don't think classical musicians really have duties beyond the normal responsibilities of non-musicians or non-artists. I think we enter very dangerous territory when we give artists special responsibility or ...
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Joseph Silverstein, the old master who prefers our time

"Hilary Hahn or Frank Peter Zimmermann reached a level of virtuosity which is well beyond what preceded them" ResMusica: You have been the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1962 ...
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Schloss Elmau, Alpine music

ResMusica: Schloss Elmau is a beautiful place.  Can you tell us a bit about its history? What are the links between Elmau and music? Silke Zimmerman:  Schloss Elmau was built in ...
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Martin T:son Engström, the Verbier Festival director in high spirits

"If you want to make a career, you have to find a family who will adopt you." ResMusica: Last year, the Verbier Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary. What does the Festival  ...
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Hannu Lintu, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

"The audience understood that contemporary music is a natural thing, not something that you should escape from" ResMusica: You are about to finish your first full season as Chief Conductor of ...
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John Storgårds talks about his new Sibelius symphony cycle with the BBC Philharmonic

ResMusica: Although this is not a new symphony cycle of Brahms, Beethoven, or even Mahler, now we have new symphony cycle of Sibelius. Many of your Finnish colleagues have already ...

Sakari Oramo, conductor

ResMusica: You began your career as a violinist, as concertmaster of the Finnish RSO, and now you are conducting the top orchestras of the world. Did you always envision conducting ...

Interview with Philip Glass

ResMusica : In 1976, Einstein on the Beach, and in 2013, The Lost. Mr. Glass, when composing your first opera, did you know that twenty-four others would follow? Philip Glass: (Laughs.) ...
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Sebastian Fagerlund, composer

ResMusica: What was your first encounter with classical music? Sebastian Fagerlund: I was born in a small archipelago town in the southwest of Finland called Pargas. There was not much classical ...
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Alexander Raskatov about his opera A Dog’s Heart

“The world is so pitiless, we became all tough to each other” ResMusica: Your opera A Dog’s Heart and The Nose by Dimitri Shostakovich are both satirical works which met a ...
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Gita Kadambi, General Manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

"We are not restricting our “search” for our future conductor to Finland only" ResMusica: You have just recently been appointed general manager of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Please tell us a ...
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BIS records at 40 years: a brief conversation with Robert von Bahr

"The obvious ones: The Sibelius Edition. The Bach Cantatas. Schnittke, Aho, Christian Lindberg, Sharon Bezaly, Martin Fröst, Ronald Brautigam and Yevgeny Sudbin". ResMusica: Robert, congratulations! BIS has turned 40 years old. ...
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Daniil Trifonov, pianist

"The sculptures of Rodin made one of the strongest impressions on me" ResMusica: At only 22, you are celebrated by musical critics and influent artists such as Martha Argerich, recorded with ...
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Zhenyu Zeng, Director of the China Europe Youth Orchestra

"We need musicians for orchestras, we don’t need so many soloists." ResMusica: How have you been introduced to classical music? Zhenyu Zeng : When I was 16 I was a professional opera ...
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Tribute to Patrice Chéreau (1944-2013)

No one could have guessed, attending Elektra last summer at the Aix-en-Provence festival, that it would be Patrice Chéreau’s swan song. Lung cancer finally took him from us on Monday, ...
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Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist 2.0

“I don’t count my time, I don’t have a private life” ResMusica: Universal France promotes you as “the pianist 2.0”, which means a pianist which interacts with her audience. Do ...
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Pierre Boulez, composer and conductor

« That is an exceptional moment in my musical life ; I’m happy this recording has been kept. » ResMusica : You have recorded the Rite of the Spring many times. ...
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Julia Fischer, violonist

“Making music together is about trust: you open yourself in a way you would not do in a normal relationship” ResMusica: You perform with David Zinman and Esa Pekka-Salonen, two  conductors ...
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Tribute to Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)

“What is fashion? It is what is going out of fashion. Tout est là.” His body bore the marks of a long life, but his mind remained bright, and Henri Dutilleux ...
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Carolin Widmann, Artist of the year ICMA 2013

“This is torture. It looks glamorous from the outside, but why do you want to do this?” ICMA: A violinist is to find his own personal sound, on the violin this ...
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Tribute to János Starker

János Starker. The great Hungarian-born American cellist has died on 28th April 2013 at the age of 88. The musician, who made a landmark in the history of interpretation, was ...
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Aldo Ciccolini, Lifetime Achievement ICMA Award 2013

ICMA : This evening you are playing Liszt’s transcription of Isolde’s Liebestod. When did you first come into contact with the music of Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’? Aldo Ciccolini : In the opera ...
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Juan Francisco Gatell, tenor

“Everybody sees opera singers like Pavarotti, dressed the same. We are normal people!” ResMusica: What events triggered you to become a tenor? Juan Francisco Gatell: There were no musicians in my family, ...
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Tribute to Marie-Claire Alain

Further to her early studies in Saint-Germain, she became a student of Marcel Dupré and Maurice Duruflé, from whom she obtained a first prize in five classes at the Conservatoire ...
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Baiba Skride, violonist

“In a competition, most important is having a strong personality.” ResMusica :  You have been awarded the Grand Prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 2001. How have you been through ...
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Audite, label of the year 2013

"Right now we are considering stopping streaming altogether" ResMusica :  You have won the "Label of the Year" of the International Classical Music Awards 2013, what does this award mean to ...
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Rémy Franck, President of the Jury of ICMA 2013 thanks the Milan Symphony Orchestra

The Jury’s President of the International Classical Music Awards, Rémy Franck, thanks the Milan Symphony Orchestra « Giuseppe Verdi » for the ospitality during the 2013 Edition of ICMA. Watch the ...
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John Axelrod speaks about the ICMA 2013 Awards ceremony

Maestro Axelrod speaks about the edition 2013 of the ICMA and of the prizes which will be awarded during a concert event at the Auditorium in Milan on 18th March ...
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Riccardo Chailly: Happy Birthday, Maestro!

ResMusica: Maestro Chailly, you can choose not to answer this first question : Will you be a candidate to replace Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin in 2018? Riccardo Chailly: Obviously I ...
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Alisa Weilerstein in Paris

"The programming is conservative and stuck" ResMusica: Your debut album features the concerto by Elgar, whose discography has been dominated by Jacqueline Du Pré since she recorded it in 1965. Daniel ...
 

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