The pianist Boris Giltburg is recording Beethoven's five piano concertos for Naxos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko. The first album is out with the first two piano concertos and the early Rondo, WoO6 from 1793. James Jolly met up with Boris Giltburg after a performance of the First Piano Concerto and the day before the recording sessions.
Igor Levit has just released a set, on Sony Classical, of the 32 piano sonatas, an early and very impressive contribution to the Beethoven 250 commemorations. James Jolly met him at Steinway's London showroom to talk about the sonatas, and also to find out how the pianist approached this colossal project.
2020 is Beethoven Year - he was born 250th years ago, in 1770 – and the record industry is lining up a vast number of releases in celebration. Berlin-based Deutsche Grammophon, not surprisingly, is spearheading the campaign with a huge Beethoven Edition and one of the earliest releses is a new set of the five piano concertos. The young Polish-Canadian pianist, Jan Lisiecki, joined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a tour which ended up in Berlin with a live recording. Lisiecki spoke to James Jolly at the Jurmula Festival in Latvia – where Jan was playing the Fourth Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and he explained how this project came about and how the Fourth Concerto occupies a special place in his musical affections and career.
In the third and final of our three podcasts exploring the Gramophone Awards 2019 shortlist, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, Editor Martin Cullingford and Reviews Editor Tim Parry discuss the Contemporary, Opera, Recital and Solo Vocal Awards.
The 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards are just over one month away. In the second of our three podcasts exploring the shortlist, Editor Martin Cullingford and Reviews Editor Tim Parry discuss the Early, Choral and Chamber categories.
The 2019 Gramophone Classical Music Awards are just over one month away, and in the latest issue of Gramophone we reveal the shortlist of the top three albums in each category. Over the next few weeks, the Gramophone Podcast will be devoted to exploring that shortlist. We start this week with the Editor-in-Chief James Jolly and Reviews Editor Tim Parry discussing the Orchestral, Concerto and Instrumental categories.
Jasper Parrott talks to Gramophone's James Jolly about the role of recording in an artist's professional and artistic life, and how it has changed during the 50 years that HarrisonParrott has been one of the world's leading artist management companies.
On his new album, From Palaces to Pleasure Gardens, released on the Regent label, organist Thomas Trotter celebrates Georgian London with a programme of music performed on the newly restored 1735 Richard Bridge organ of Christ Church, Spitalfields. In this week's Gramophone podcast he talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about the works he's chosen, and about the extraordinary instrument he has recorded them on.
Danny Elfman is known to millions for his scores for over 100 movies. This summer he released a new album on Sony Classical containing his Violin Concerto and Piano Quartet. The concerto, written for and played by Sandy Cameron, joined by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by John Mauceri, was the subject of a conversation Gramophone's James Jolly had with Elfman. But they started by talking about the emergence of the specialist film composer in the past 50 or so years.
James Jolly is joined by Rob Cowan to talk about the last quartet of orchestras competing for this prestigious award: Les Siècles, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. To listen to the contenders for the Orchestra of the Year Award, presented with Apple Music, go to our Awards page, sign up for a free three-month Apple Music trial subscription, listen to the playlists and cast your vote.
Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award is the only one offered as a public vote. In this, the second of three podcasts dedicated to the Award, Gramophone’s Contributing Editor, the critic and broadcaster Rob Cowan, joins Gramophone’s James Jolly to talk about the nominated ensembles. This week their focus is on three major European ensembles, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
The tenor Nicky Spence, with Julius Drake at the piano, has just released a new recording of Janáček’s 'The diary of one who disappeared' on Hyperion - Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in its August issue. Almost simultaneously, Resonus has released on CD for the first time, Mark Anthony Turnage’s cycle 'A Constant Obsession'. The Scottish singer talks to James Jolly about these fascinating projects.
Isata Kanneh-Mason has chosen to explore the music of Clara Schumann - whose bicentenary is marked this year - for her debut disc on Decca. Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford met with her, to talk about the life of one of the 19th century’s most acclaimed virtuosos, and her often neglected music.
Edward Gardner has just released another instalment in his City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Mendelssohn cycle, a collection of overtures, and a new Brahms symphony cycle with the Bergen Philharmonic starts this autumn – both for the Chandos label. Editor-in-Chief James Jolly caught up with him to talk about recording complete series of works, how he approaches such well-know repertoire as the Brahms symphonies, and how he seeks a different sound for each composer.
For his new Signum Classics album, Hugo Ticciati and his ensemble O/Modernt have explored the ground, or chaconne, down the years. James Jolly caught up with him when O/Modernt were in London recently to talk about the album.
Sir John Tavener's The Protecting Veil was premiered at the BBC Proms 30 years ago. To coincide with the anniversary, a new recording has been issued by Signum Classics which finds Matthew Barley directing Sinfonietta Riga from the cello - James Jolly meets him.
The latest recording from King's College Cambridge explores the music of Herbert Howells, featuring choral music (including An English Mass), organ works, and a newly completed Cello Concerto. Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford met with Music Director Stephen Cleobury to talk about the album - and, as Cleobury prepares to retire from the position this summer, to look back over 37 years of extraordinary music-making.
Gramophone's current Young Artist of the Year is Lise Davidsen, a singer with a huge future ahead of her. May 31 sees the release of her much-anticipated Decca debut album, opera arias and orchestral songs by Wagner and Richard Strauss, for which she's joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen. James Jolly talks to her about this solo album.
Michael Fabiano, recently in London to sing the title-role in Gounod's Faust at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, has recorded an album of arias by Donizetti and Verdi. He was joined for the Pentatone sessions by the London Philharmonic Orchestra - with whom he'd worked at Glyndebourne – and Enrique Mazzola. James Jolly caught up with Michal Fabiano during rehearsals at Covent Garden to talk about the programme of the recital, and his interest in the operatic music of this period.
The latest recording from the choir of St John's College, Cambridge celebrates the 150th anniversary of the consecration of its chapel, and its 100th recording. Director of Music Andrew Nethsingha talks to Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford about the album - titled Locus Iste - and about how the extraordinary building shapes the choir's sound.
Kaija Saariaho has written a song-cycle, True Fire, for the baritone Gerald Finley, and which is had now recorded with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, for Ondine. James Jolly paid Gerald Finley a visit to talk about the score, its challenges and how he and Saariaho first encountered each other.
'Colin Currie and Steve Reich. Live at Fondation Louis Vuitton' is the third album to be released on Colin Currie's own label and captures five performances, taken live, at a Steve Reich presentation in Paris. The music ranges from Clapping Music of 1972 to Pulse of 2015. James Jolly met up with Colin to talk about his long association with Reich's music, the approach needed to perform music of mathematical precision yet at the same surprising emotional weight, and performing Clapping Music with Reich himself.
German-American violinist Augustin Hadelich talks to James Jolly about the challenge of Brahms's great Violin Concerto, which he has twinned with György Ligeti's Violin Concerto of some 110 years later for new recording on Warner Classics.
Carolyn Sampson talks to Editor-in-Chief James Jolly about 'Reason in Madness', her new recording from BIS performed with pianist Joseph Middleton, which focuses on some of literature's heroines whose mental state has been unbalanced by sadness or tragedy, drawing on some glorious, and unsettling, music from composers including Brahms, Schumann, Richard Strauss, Chausson, Saint-Saëns and Poulenc.
Isabelle Faust, the multi-Gramophone Award-winning violinist, has recorded an album of Bach concertos, sinfonias and trio sonatas with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin on the Harmonia Mundi label. She talks about the new recording with Editor-in-Chief James Jolly.
Grace Williams (1906-77) was one of Wales’s finest composers - she left a sizeable body of work, her best-known piece being the orchestral tone-poem Penillion, as well as a lot of chamber music, much of it as yet unpublished. Madeleine Mitchell and friends have just released a recording for Naxos of her chamber music, and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly caught up with the violinist to talk about it.
Lucie Horsch’s new album, Baroque Journey, takes us on a thrilling and diverse journey through some of the recorder’s most beautiful repertoire. Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford met her to discuss her new release on Decca.
As Dame Emma Kirkby, of the UK's most popular sopranos, reaches a milestone birthday, we catch up with her and look back over her career, with Editor-in-Chief James Jolly. With music courtesy of Hyperion records.
Back in our November issue we named Hilary Hahn’s new album of the solo violin music of Bach, on the Decca label, our Recording of the Month. For the latest Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talked to her about her about very personal relationship with the composer’s music.
The violinist Jennifer Pike tells James Jolly about her new album on Chandos called 'The Polish Violin', for which she's joined by the pianist Petr Limonov. It features music by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Moritz Moszkowski and Mieczysław Karłowicz.
We profile our 2018 label of the year - Harmonia Mundi. Editor Martin Cullingford spent time last summer in Arles, the label’s home in the South of France, and spoke to various artists - both established and newly-signed - and the label head Christian Girardin about what Harmonia Mundi and indeed recording itself means to them.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford interviews the Dunedin Consort’s director John Butt about his new recording of Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, a celebration and exploration of the art of music, on Linn.
The pianist Charles Owen has recently released a two-CD set of Brahms's late piano music (the Opp 76 and 79, as well as Opp 116-9 pieces) on Avie, also available to stream and download. James Jolly caught up with Charles recently for a Gramophone Podcast to talk about Brahms and these miniatures of his later life.
Clarinettist Julian Bliss talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about his new recording of the Mozart and Weber clarinet quintets with the Carducci String Quartet on Signum Classics. He also discusses his love of jazz, and about helping design a new clarinet.
Gramophone Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor in Chief James Jolly pay tribute to the great soprano Montserrat Caballé, discuss the music of Bach, and enjoy some of the best new classical releases - including a remarkable recording of Rachmaninov playing his own music.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly discuss some of the topics and releases covered in the latest issue, including our cover artist Viktoria Mullova’s new recording of the music of Arvo Pärt on Onyx, the New York Philharmonic’s new music director Jaap Van Zweden, and this month’s best recordings, including our Recording of the Month, Bernstein symphonies conducted by Antonio Pappano on Warner Classics.
One of today's foremost pianists, Stephen Hough talks to Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford about his fascinating and very personal new recording. From Mompou and Liszt to Sibelius, via 14 transcriptions and several pieces by Hough himself, the release - called Stephen Hough's Dream Album, and available on Hyperion Records - is a beautiful journey through the art of the piano miniature.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly discuss some of the topics and releases covered in the latest issue of the magazine, including the legacy of Leonard Bernstein, and Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, a fabulous new recording of which is our August issue's Recording of the Month.
Benjamin Zander's latest recording is of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus on Brattle Media, and it’s one in which the conductor has sought to perform the work exactly as he believes the composer original intended it. Zander talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about the recording, and also about the importance of reaching new audiences for classical music.
In the latest Gramophone Podcast, guitarist Miloš Karadaglić talks to Editor in Chief James Jolly, telling him about the new concerto by Joby Talbot that he’s premiering at the Proms on August 2, and his new book 'Play Guitar with Miloš', which is available now from Schott.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly discuss some of the topics and releases covered in the latest issue of Gramophone, including: the world of percussion, Mozart in London, DG’s latest Chinese signing, and how to vote for our orchestra of the year.
The clarinettist Michael Collins talks to Gramophone's James Jolly about Bernhard Crusell's groundbreaking impact on the instrument, his three concertos, and recording and conducting at the same time. His new Chandos recording is Gramophone's June Recording of the Month.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly discuss some of the main features and most significant releases covered in the latest issue of Gramophone. Topics include: composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the legacy of Parry, this month’s best releases - including our Recording of the Month, Crusell’s clarinet concertos - and an introduction to some new features in the magazine.
Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford and Editor-in-Chief James Jolly discuss some of the main features and most significant releases covered in the latest issue of Gramophone. Topics include: the legacy of the great soprano Birgit Nilsson, Schubert lieder in translation, St John’s College Cambridge, highlights from this month’s Editor’s Choices - including Christian Tetzlaff’s new recording of Bartók’s violin concertos and Julien Brocal’s release of Mompou and Ravel - and an insight into Karl Böhm’s opera recordings.
The 2018 BBC Proms has been announced. Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford caught up with David Pickard, Director of the BBC Proms, and Francesca Kemp, Director of Proms on Television, to talk through some of the season’s highlights.
The young Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński - a recent Gramophone ‘One to Watch’ - is something of an internet sensation, his performances on YouTube of the Vivaldi aria ‘Vedro, con mio diletto’ having been watched tens of thousands of times. March 30 sees a studio recording with Il Pomo d’Oro being released by Erato as a digital single. You can hear it in in this week’s episode of Gramophone’s The Listening Room.
James Jolly talks to the Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Prof Julian Lloyd Webber about his aspirations for the new building, what a conservatoire education means and how important classical music is for us all.
Soprano Ruby Hughes and conductor Laurence Cummings talk to Editor-in-Chief James Jolly about music written for the Italian soprano Giulia Frasi, Handel’s last prima donna, which they’ve recorded for a new disc on Chandos.
The choir of Westminster Abbey’s new recording for the Hyperion label features the music of 16th-century English composer Nicholas Ludford. Organist and Master of the Choristers James O’Donnell talks to Gramophone's Editor Martin Cullingford about Ludford, as well as about the role of the choir in the life of the Abbey today.
Lisa Batiashvili talks to Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford about her new recording on the Deutsche Grammophon label devoted to the music of Prokofiev, including both violin concertos and some shorter works from throughout the composer’s life.
The latest release from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra features Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Water, a new work by composer and member of Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood. Gramophone’s Editor Martin Cullingford spoke to the conductor and violinist about the album, which is released by ABC Classics on vinyl in Australia, and digitally worldwide.
Gramophone’s James Jolly visited Bruges to talk to some of the movers and shakers of the city’s music scene and experience a handful of concerts in some striking settings. As well as meeting Tomas Bisschop, Director of the MA Festival and the Early Music Programme Coordinator at Bruges’s Concertgebouw, Albert Edelman, James talked to the keyboard-player and conductor Jos van Immerseel and the city’s Carillonneur, Frank Deleu.
The German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, has just released a new French aria collection, ‘L’Opéra’ on Sony Classical. He was in London earlier this year to sing his first Otello, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Gramophone’s James Jolly went to talk to him about the recording.
Chandos, in association with RTS and Palazetto Bru Zane, has launched a new series exploring the keyboard music of Antoine Reicha, born the same year as Beethoven and a close friend of the German composer. It’s played by Ivan Ilić. He was in London recently and Gramophone’s Editor in Chief, James Jolly, went to talk to him about the project.
British composer Brian Elias has just had his Cello Concerto premiered at the Proms, is enjoying positive reviews of his retrospective album ‘Electra Mourns’ on NMC, and is looking forward to a revival of The Judas Tree – Kenneth MacMillan’s last ballet, for which Elias composed a specially commissioned score – at the Royal Opera House this October. Gramophone's Deputy Editor Sarah Kirkup meets with him to reflect on a lifetime of composing, and to find out what it was like to collaborate with one of the finest choreographers Britain has ever produced.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the most admired sopranos - indeed classical artists - of our age. Gramophone celebrates her enormous contribution to music over an extraordinary career by giving her our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Presto Classical. To mark the occasion, Editor-in-Chief James Jolly met with her to reflect on repertoire, recording and performance.
As Benjamin Appl draws to the end of his year as Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year - and of touring his Sony Classical debut disc Heimat - he talks to Editor-in-Chief James Jolly about programming and plans
For their latest album on Delphian, called ‘Set upon the rood’, the Choir of Gonville and Caius, Cambridge invited contemporary composers to write works for ancient instruments. The college’s music director Geoffrey Webber tells Editor Martin Cullingford about the project.
On his new album Late Night Lute, Matthew Wadsworth pairs pieces from the instrument’s history - including by John Dowland and Alessandro Piccinini among other composers - with a premiere recording of a new suite for theorbo by Stephen Goss. In the latest Gramophone podcast, he talks to Editor Martin Cullingford about the programme, and about the unique sound-world of the theorbo.
The tenor Bryan Register is singing the role of Siegmund in the current Grange Park Opera production of Wagner’s Die Walküre (a 'sensation' according to the Financial Times). He talked to Gramophone’s James Jolly about the role and some of his favourite recorded interpreters of the part.
Highlights of the Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2016 at London's St John's Smith Square on September 15, with performances by Benjamin Appl, Daniil Trifonov and Record of the Year winner Igor Levit. Filmed by medici.tv