Norman Lebrecht talks to William Christie, conductor and founder of Les Arts Florissants. An American now living in France, Christie talks about the draw of European music making.
In the first of a new series, Norman Lebrecht talks to William Christie - conductor and founder of early music ensemble, Les Arts Florissants. A frank and revealing converstation in which Christie, an American now living in France, talks about the draw of European music making. He reflects on the impact of the Vietnam War on his career, and reveals the bullying tactics of his teacher Ralph Kirkpatrick. He also considers the sometimes difficult working relationships with some of his colleagues, and how nervousness, stress and anxiety had a detrimental affect on his health.