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Jonathan Biss is joined by composer and performer Brett Dean to talk about the latest in Biss' Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle series. They discuss the strength of the different characters presented by Beethoven in each of the evening's sonatas, the way he can somehow unite the tension many composers find between expression and technique, and the audi…
 
Jonathan Biss, following the December concert in his Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle, is joined by Antoine Lederlin and Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet (who are currently performing the complete Beethoven String Quartets) for a discussion on their programmes. The conversation includes comparisons between the string quartets and piano sonata…
 
Georgina Born, Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University and Professorial Fellow of Mansfield College, joins Vijay Iyer for an exchange of ideas traversing the arts, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences. The two musician-scholars each give a brief mini-lecture, Iyer on ‘Musicality’ and Born on ‘Musical Experience’, fol…
 
Bringing together two intertwined stories – a performer’s lifelong passion for the mélodie, and its history at Wigmore Hall. Dame Felicity Lott shares stories and highlights from her life as a performer and devotee of French song, in conversation with Wigmore Hall’s Archivist Emily Woolf. This unique interview interweaves these recollections with m…
 
Over the course of four years (excluding 2021) British pianist Christian Blackshaw will be performing the complete cycle of Mozart’s piano sonatas on the composer’s birthday, 27 January. In conversation with music critic and author Jessica Duchen, join Christian to explore the sonatas in this Wigmore Hall podcast. The pair talk about what makes the…
 
The frequently tragic life of the Polish-Jewish-Russian composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) did not prevent him from composing prolifically in many forms; important to both his personal life and career was his friendship with Shostakovich, which began during the Second World War and continued until the latter’s death. Ahead of Quatuor Danel’s …
 
The frequently tragic life of the Polish-Jewish-Russian composer Mieczysław Weinberg (1919-1996) did not prevent him from composing prolifically in many forms; important to both his personal life and career was his friendship with Shostakovich, which began during the Second World War and continued until the latter’s death. Ahead of Quatuor Danel’s …
 
Following each concert in his Beethoven Piano Sonata series, Jonathan Biss will host a post-concert talk in the Hall. On Sunday 29 September, this took the form of a Question & Answer session with the audience. Led by questions from the auditorium, Jonathan explores the evening concert programme and the development of Beethoven over the decade the …
 
Vijay Iyer in conversation with Simon Rentner Ahead of his 2019/20 Residency, Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 Composer in Residence Vijay Iyer invites Simon Rentner into his New York home to talk about the different aspects of his residency. Together, the two discuss each of Iyer’s 2019/20 collaborations and how he answers the question of his musical “origi…
 
Ahead of his Schubert series in 2019/20, pianist Francesco Piemontesi talks to music critic Michael White at Wigmore Hall. The pair talk about whether Piemontesi, a pianist with a background of multiple nationalities and cultures, considers himself a 'citizen of the world', how he couldn't ever confine himself to any one area of piano music, and th…
 
Baroque violinist and orchestral director, Rachel Podger introduces her ensemble Brecon Baroque and discusses her passion for Baroque music with BBC Radio 3 presenter, Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Since their first concert in 2006, following the Brecon festival, Brecon Baroque has grown from strength to strength. Rachel Podger has drawn upon her past experie…
 
Katy Hamilton and Emily Woolf explore the history of women composers at Wigmore Hall. From the very beginning, works by women have been an integral part of concert programming at Wigmore Hall, and though trends and styles have shifted and changed through the years, there has never been a time when the creative voice of women was not given room on o…
 
Katy Hamilton and Emily Woolf explore the history of women composers at Wigmore Hall. From the very beginning, works by women have been an integral part of concert programming at Wigmore Hall, and though trends and styles have shifted and changed through the years, there has never been a time when the creative voice of women was not given room on o…
 
The Russian pianist has been an Artist in Residence at Wigmore Hall for the 2018/19 Season. Novelist and classical music writer Jessica Duchen discusses with Alexander Melnikov the varied and demanding programming behind his residency and adapting his style between fortepiano and modern piano. They take a look back at Melnikov's education, his musi…
 
Chief Executive of the Royal Philharmonic Society, James Murphy talks to Jane Glover about her latest book ‘Handel in London’ Aged 25, Handel arrived in London in 1710 and transformed the musical scene. Whilst London has changed drastically from then, much has remarkably stayed very similar, conductor Jane Glover discusses this in her acclaimed new…
 
‘A pianist of ideas’, as The New Yorker has called him, leading Schubert interpreter Christian Zacharias delves into the great composer’s unique melodic, harmonic and thematic flourishes. Through close examination of these musical hallmarks and idiosyncrasies, he takes us on a journey to the very essence of Schubert’s style.…
 
Ahead of his concert with Julius Drake on 15 June, the Canadian baritone Gerald Finley talks about programming, Schubert and Wigmore Hall with music broadcaster Sara Mohr-Pietsch Together the pair discuss the motivation and inspiration behind programming a song recital and Gerald's nearly decade-long relationship with pianist Julius Drake. Gerald e…
 
In April 2019, the JACK Quartet performed a two-concert cycle of the complete string quartets by Elliott Carter, in a lunchtime and evening recital they have been looking forward to with anticipation. Journalist Tom Service breaks down the music particularly of Carter’s 2nd and 3rd quartets, which form part of the evening concert programme, and 1st…
 
The string quartet, a combination of two upper voices, one middle and one lower, gives the composer the minimum requirement for fourpart harmony. This idea of a bare minimum has entranced composers from Haydn – who started it all – right through to the present day, and the attention that so many great composers have given the genre has created an a…
 
The string quartet, a combination of two upper voices, one middle and one lower, gives the composer the minimum requirement for fourpart harmony. This idea of a bare minimum has entranced composers from Haydn – who started it all – right through to the present day, and the attention that so many great composers have given the genre has created an a…
 
The string quartet, a combination of two upper voices, one middle and one lower, gives the composer the minimum requirement for fourpart harmony. This idea of a bare minimum has entranced composers from Haydn – who started it all – right through to the present day, and the attention that so many great composers have given the genre has created an a…
 
The string quartet, a combination of two upper voices, one middle and one lower, gives the composer the minimum requirement for fourpart harmony. This idea of a bare minimum has entranced composers from Haydn – who started it all – right through to the present day, and the attention that so many great composers have given the genre has created an a…
 
Ahead of her 70th Birthday Concert at Wigmore Hall, Dame Emma discusses chamber music and her career with Jessica Duchen. She will perform at the Hall on Thursday 28 February alongside long-term musical associates as well as a younger generation of artists she believes will play an important role in the future of early music.…
 
Appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2017, Dame Sarah Connolly has maintained a standard of excellence in the opera house as in concert and recital halls. With a repertoire ranging from the Baroque masters through bel canto, Wagner and Elgar to new works, she continues to explore a wide variety of music with dedication and unique inter…
 
Founded in 2004 by singer, musician and conductor Lionel Meunier, the Belgian vocal ensemble has acquired a wide reputation for its specialist programming realised to a standard of creative imagination that places it at the forefront of such groups today, drawing on rigorous historical research to achieve music-making of prodigious vitality.…
 
As he embarks this December on Brahms Plus, a series of six Wigmore Hall recitals running to July 2020, Jonathan Plowright is ready to challenge any received wisdom about ‘heaviness’ or even ‘stodginess’ in Brahms’ piano music. He discusses his series with Yehuda Shapiro.Wigmore Hall
 
Robin Tritschler is a questioning artist who deeply explores whatever he sings, and conveys his discoveries with eloquence, the Irish tenor has selected The Seasons as the overall theme of his series at Wigmore Hall, exploring winter, spring and summer through the creative minds of some of the greatest Lieder poets and composers. John Gilhooly, Dir…
 
Since making his London debut in 2009, Mahan Esfahani has made giant strides to bring the harpsichord to the forefront of concert life. His Series explores Bach’s works for harpsichord, which opened with the Goldberg Variations, a masterpiece of great virtuosity, beauty and vast inventive range written for a two-manual harpsichord in 1741. The seco…
 
Ahead of his concert at Wigmore Hall on 9 June, Django Bates spoke to Mike Flynn, Editor of Jazzwise Magazine. Django discusses his creative process for the Belovèd Trio, his collaborations with vocalist Claire Huguenin and saxophonist Marius Neset, and plans for the future.Wigmore Hall
 
Wigmore Hall Composer in Residence Helen Grime and writer Fiona Benson are joined by flautist Daniel Parkin to discuss the topic of parenthood, how it has inspired the world première of Bright Travellers, and how that in turn sparked an innovative new Wigmore Hall Learning project for 0-5 year-olds and their parents and carers.…
 
Recorded live before his performances of Bach solo violin works at Wigmore Hall in November 2017, James Ehnes spoke to Clemency Burton-Hill about life on the road, his approach to performing different composers and his plans for the future.Wigmore Hall
 
In the 2017/18 season, Wigmore Hall’s Haydn String Quartet Series showcases the full range of the composer’s invention, from the early Op. 20s to his late masterworks of the 1790s. In this two-part podcast, David Owen Norris explores the great craft of Haydn’s compositions and finds out from special guest Oliver Heath (first violinist of the Heath …
 
Challenged by John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall to perform Schubert’s three great song cycles for the first time in his career, Roderick Williams embarks on a journey through vast emotional landscapes and diverse spiritual states together with his long-standing duo partner, Iain Burnside. But what challenges do they face? How can they escape …
 
Marking 300 years since the birth of Maria Theresia, H.E. Dr Martin Eichtinger, Austrian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, explores the unique history and revolutionary vision of the only female ruler in Habsburg history. Highlighting the achievements and extraordinary legacy of this self-styled ‘mother of her nation’, Ambassador Eichtinger uncover…
 
Part 2 of 2 The Castalian String Quartet is fast emerging as one of the most exciting new voices in chamber music, having won prizes at major international competitions such as the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition, 2015 Lyon International Competition, and 2013 Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition. But what is it like to be p…
 
Part 1 of 2 The Castalian String Quartet is fast emerging as one of the most exciting new voices in chamber music, having won prizes at major international competitions such as the 2016 Banff International Quartet Competition, 2015 Lyon International Competition, and 2013 Kammermusik Hannover Next Generation Competition. But what is it like to be p…
 
On Saturday 6 December 2014, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s work for string quartet, Contusion, was premièred by the Belcea Quartet. Contusion was the compulsory piece for the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and was played by each competing quartet during the Preliminary Round. Mark-Anthony Turnage was interviewed before the pre…
 
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