Apr 16, 2021
Sir Antonio Pappano has recently been named as the new Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra (succeeding Sir Simon Rattle at the start of the 2024 season). With perfect timing, the orchestra releases a new recording of Vaughan Williams's Symphonies No 4 and 6, the latter recorded live the day before the first lockdown. Next month, finds Pappano in front of his Roman ensemble, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, for a new Warner Classics album of Richard Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and the Burleske (with the pianist Bertrand Chamayou). James Jolly caught up with the conductor by video call at his house in Rome to talk about the two new releases, but also to discuss how he has been making music in these unusual and troubling times.
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