Jan 24, 2020
For her latest Signum Classics album, ‘The Divine Muse’, the soprano Mary Bevan has chosen a programme of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf, and at its heart, Joseph Haydn’s scena Arianna a Naxos. She explores the project with James Jolly.
Jan 17, 2020
Rhian Samuel’s work for soprano and orchestra, Clytemnestra, was commissioned by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales who gave the first performance, under Tadaaki Otaka, and with Della Jones as soloists, in November 1994. Twenty five years later, the work has been recorded by the soprano Ruby Hughes with the same...
Jan 10, 2020
The soprano Louise Alder has just released her first recording for Chandos. It’s called ‘Lines written during a sleepless night: The Russian Connection’ and finds her joined by the pianist Joseph Middleton in songs by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Grieg, Medtner and Britten. She tells James Jolly about the project.
Jan 3, 2020
The pianist Stephen Hough has just released a new Brahms album for Hyperion, 'The Final Piano Pieces'. It has just been named Gramophone's Recording of the Month in the January 2020 issue. James Jolly caught up with Stephen just before Christmas to talk about the recording for this Gramophone Podcast.
Dec 20, 2019
The Oscar-winning composer's latest project is the score for a musical animation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. Commissioned by the BBC, and to be broadcast on BBC One on Boxing Day, the film also features illustrations by Emily Gravett. In the latest Gramophone podcast, the...