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Features & Interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Semyon Bychkov in Prague

David Nice

It's a very big deal for musical Prague: Czechia's symphonic epic, the six tone poems that make up Smetana's Má vlast (My Homeland), launches every Prague Spring Festival at the Smetana Hall, but in the Czech Philharmonic's opulent home, the Rudolfinum, the work hasn't appeared in any of its seasons for 49 years.

Remembering Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)

David Nice

He was indeed "one of the greats" among conductors, as theartsdesk's Gavin Dixon put it in reviewing Mariss Jansons' January visit to the Barbican, and remains so by virtue of his recordings.

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

In the eight years since theartsdesk last spoke to Carl Craig, a lot has happened. He moved from his native Detroit for a sojourn in Barcelona (...

Is this Jimi Hendrix’s greatest posthumous...

Tim Cumming

This week, one of the finest gems in the entire Hendrix catalogue finally sees the light of day in its full unedited glory – Songs for Groovy...

theartsdesk in Warsaw: musical perspectives on...

Gavin Dixon

The new "eufonie" festival is dedicated to the music of Poland and its neighbouring countries. This is its second year, and the scale of the project...

'Shakespeare is mistakenly considered something for the elite': director Claire McCarthy on 'Ophelia'

Owen Richards

Upcoming adaptation shines a new light on Shakespeare's famous tragic maiden

Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich


Extract III of III - On Romeo and Juliet... Except Their Names Were Margarita and Abulfaz

Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich


Extract II of III - On a Loneliness That Resembles Happiness

'The Academy and I': composer and viola-player Sally Beamish on a special relationship

Sally Beamish

On composing anniversary pieces for an ensemble she knows from the inside

Book extract: Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexievich


Extract I of III - A Man's Story

Music for Youth's Judith Webster: '91% of the young people we work with are from state schools'

Judith Webster

As their big Albert Hall Proms approach, MFY's CEO explains the essentials

'These were the quartets that made us fall in love with the genre': Dudok Quartet Amsterdam on Haydn

Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

The Dutch players speak as one on recording the Austrian composer's Op 20

First Person: Simon Stephens - the contemplation of kindness

Simon Stephens

A journey to the North, into the playwright's past, provides the genesis for ‘Light Falls’, opening at the Royal Exchange

First Person: Hannah Khalil on museum as metaphor in her new play for the RSC

Hannah Khalil

The playwright on 'A Museum in Baghdad', and how she discovered the story of Gertrude Bell

‘We must not allow boorish, opportunistic autocrats to hijack music’: Gabriela Montero on life and art

Gabriela Montero

The Venezuelan pianist and composer on the creative impulse and how she uses it

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Ismene Brown

Remembering the woman who was Cuban ballet's legend and monster

theartsdesk at the Tsinandali Festival: young Caucasians join hands and instruments

David Nice

World-class chamber players and young orchestras on a Georgian country estate

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


Extract III of III - She Rides along the Coast toward a Historic

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


Extract II of III - Days of the Dead

Book extract: Insurrecto by Gina Apostol


Extract I of III - Translations

'A laboratory for everything': Jasper Parrott on the future of his classical music agency

Jasper Parrott

As Harrison Parrott celebrates 50 years with concerts on Sunday, its main mover reflects

Jessye Norman, 1945-2019

David Nice

The great soprano has died at the age of 74, leaving behind a fabulous legacy

Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva on the London Piano Festival: 'It's not just playing one concert and going home'

Charles Owen And Katya Apekisheva

On a meeting of musical friends with a Two-Piano Marathon at its heart

Simon Halsey on Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’: ‘the biggest lesson was how to feel what he had written’

Simon Halsey

The CBSO Chorus's director on preparing a masterpiece, and working with the composer

Al Alvarez: 'If I drop dead this minute, I’ve had a ter­rific time'

Jasper Rees

An encounter with the literary daredevil and critic who published Sylvia Plath

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Reeperbahn Festival 2019 review

Kieron Tyler

Hustle, bustle, Matt Dillon and forehead-slappingly forceful Mancunians in sin city

'This goes beyond music and drama': tenor Nicky Spence on Martinů's 'The Greek Passion'

Nicky Spence

On his Christ-playing character in Opera North's new production of a Czech masterpiece

First Person: Matthew Xia on why his production of 'Amsterdam' feels especially pertinent and vital now

Matthew Xia

The director sets the scene for his debut production at the helm of Actors Touring Company

theartsdesk at the Southrepps Music Festival - world-class young musicians return to North Norfolk

David Nice

Pianist Martin James Bartlett and guitarist Sean Shibe help celebrate a big 10th birthday


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