The Lebrecht Interview

The Lebrecht Interview

In-depth, biographical portraits of pre-eminent classical musicians and artists interviewed by Norman Lebrecht. Frank, self-appraising and psychologically revealing, these 44 minute interviews include conductors, singers, broadcast weekly during the BBC Proms season, July to September. Lebrecht interviews this year include Riccardo Chailly, Marilyn Horne, Simone Young, Sir Roger Norrington and Joyce DiDonato. Weekly from July 19th 2010 for 8 weeks Lasting 44 minutes maximum.

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  • John Adams

    Mon, 3 Sep 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Norman Lebrecht talks to the American composer and conductor John Adams. Adams talks about his early years learning the clarinet and composing in his head as he did his paper round, his operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer and Doctor Atomic, his experiences with US Homeland security, and his political views in this honest conversation.

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  • Riccardo Muti

    Mon, 27 Aug 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Norman Lebrecht talks to the celebrated Italian conductor Riccardo Muti.

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  • Andris Nelsons

    Mon, 20 Aug 12

    Duration:
    44 mins

    Norman Lebrecht talks to the young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons, currently music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

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  • Graham Vick

    Tue, 14 Aug 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Norman Lebrecht talks to the British opera director Graham Vick. Vick is one of the leading British directors. He works in all of the worlds' major opera houses directing the standard operatic repertoire and was for a number of years Director of Prodductions at Glyndebourne. But he is also director of the Birmingham Opera Company which he founded in 1987. It specialises in innovative and unusual productions of operas often in unusual venues such as factories or disused warehouses and this interview was recorded in Birmingham where Vick is currently in rehearsal for the British premiere of the complete version of Mittwoch part of Stockhausen's massive opera cycle, Licht. He talks to Norman about Stockhausen, about his approach to directing, his views on opera and about his background.

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  • Lilian Hochhauser

    Mon, 6 Aug 12

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Norman Lebrecht meets celebrated impresario Lilian Hochhauser, who along with her husband Victor, introduced British audiences to some of the greatest Russian musicians of all time, during the fraught period of soviet rule. Now in her eighties, Lilian - from a Jewish Ukrainian background - recalls the Cold War period which saw her and Victor pushing cultural and political boundaries to bring some of the most feted names in Russian music to Britain for the first time. Everyone from Rostropovich, Richter and Oistrakh through to The Borodin Quartet and the Kirov Ballet recieved their London debuts thanks to the Hochhausers.

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  • Ivan Fischer

    Mon, 30 Jul 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Norman Lebrecht meets Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer, who looks back on a career characterised by ground breaking musical achievements and occasional political controversy.

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  • Menahem Pressler

    Mon, 23 Jul 12

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Norman Lebrecht meets pianist Menahem Pressler, founder of one of the most prolific and influential piano trios of all time: The Beaux Arts.

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  • Gustavo Dudamel

    Mon, 16 Jul 12

    Duration:
    41 mins

    Norman Lebrecht in conversation with the Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel

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  • Janet Baker

    Mon, 5 Sep 11

    Duration:
    45 mins

    In the last edition in this series, Norman Lebrecht talks to the great English singer, Dame Janet Baker. The Yorkshire-born mezzo-soprano has mostly been known for her performances in operas by Mozart, Monteverdi, Purcell and Berlioz. In the concert hall she was renowned for her lieder singing especially Mahler, as well as English music, in particular the works of Benjamin Britten with whom she was much associated. The clarity of Janet Baker's voice and the dramatic intensity of her performances have given her a legendary status in the international worlds of opera and song.

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  • Edward Gardner

    Mon, 29 Aug 11

    Duration:
    47 mins

    Edward Gardner is the Music Director of English National Opera and about to become Principal Guest conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He talks to Norman Lebrecht about his career to date. Gardner was appointed to the post at ENO in 2007 while in his early 30s and began by conducting a new production of Britten's Death in Venice. Since taking up the baton at ENO he has been involved with the planning of the company's repertoire and has conducted new productions of operas by Saariaho, Verdi, Bartok and Puccini. He talks about the challenges the company faces. How it has improved its image and work after a period of decline and argues with Norman about the continuance of the company's policy of performing operas in English.

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