fri 24/01/2020

Features & Interviews

theartsdesk in Brussels - jazz, openness and youth at the start of the cultural year

Sebastian Scotney

“Brussels – The Cultural Guide” for 2020 is a very substantial book. It consists of 212 tightly-packed pages in a quite small font. The message is that there is indeed a lot going on culturally in Belgium’s capital city.

Bridging the cultural divide: Armenian conductor Sergey Smbatyan on marrying east and west

Sergey Smbatyan

We’re touring across Europe in January 2020, visiting five countries to perform eight concerts with the world-class violinist Maxim Vengerov as our leading soloist. The tour has been organized by the European Foundation for Support of Culture.

'Divinity is all around us': soprano...

Susanna Hurrell

In 2010, my best friend and I made a whimsical decision to go backpacking in India over the Easter break. I had developed an interest in Eastern...

Planting seeds for change: Helen Wallace on a...

Helen Wallace

When I mention Nature Unwrapped, a year-long series at Kings Place subtitled "Sounds of Life", the responses are often tinged with cynicism: "Oh,...

Celebrating the musicals of Jerry Herman (1931-...

David Nice

How is it that, in the nearly 900 pages of Sondheim's collected lyrics with extensive comments Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat, with...

theartsdesk in Zurich and Tallinn: celebrating great Estonians

David Nice

A Swiss inauguration for Paavo Järvi, a significant birthday for Erkki-Sven Tüür

theartsdesk Q&A: Conductor Semyon Bychkov in Prague

David Nice

A tutorial on Smetana's epic of Czechia from the man its leading orchestra calls 'daddy'

Remembering Mariss Jansons (1943-2019)

David Nice

The great Latvian conductor has died at the age of 76, but he leaves a powerful legacy

10 Questions for Techno Musician Carl Craig

Joe Muggs

Catching up with the prince of Detroit techno as he revives an old alter ego

Is this Jimi Hendrix’s greatest posthumous release? Producer Eddie Kramer talks about a legendary live album

Tim Cumming

The complete set of Hendrix's Band of Gypsys performances at the Fillmore East is released this week

theartsdesk in Warsaw: musical perspectives on culture beyond communism

Gavin Dixon

Troubled history beneath the surface in festival of music from Poland and its neighbours

'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


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