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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick | 07:47 UK time, Sunday, 16 August 2009

Alban Gerhardt, cellist

Over on the Radio 3 blog we're covering the BBC's giant annual music festival The Proms (classical music's Glastonbury) in some detail. We've got two musician/reporters on the spot for every Prom. They're tweeting, recording interviews using their mobile phones (and an audio blogging service called Audioboo) and taking photographs. After Thursday's cello-focused Prom 38 - which featured the world premiere of Unsuk Chin's terrifyingly difficult new cello concerto - Samara Ginsberg, who is a cellist herself, recording a short interview with soloist Alban Gerhardt. Listen for some surprising insights into the pressures on a soloist in a difficult new work. And, I should point out, by way of warning, that the clip includes some strong language.

Steve Bowbrick is editor of the Radio 4 blog and is helping with the Radio 3 blog while the Proms are on

  • You can listen to or watch the whole Prom on the Radio 3 web site, until Thursday. The concert was also part of a Radio 3 experiment called Maestrocam, which allows you to focus on the conductor's work for the whole performance - it's fascinating and hypnotic. Watch it here.

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