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Barbican Classical Music

Hear interviews, performances and exclusive tracks from the world’s finest classical musicians and performers, Barbican resident orchestras and our international associates in Barbican Classical Music podcasts.

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Jonathan Biss talks the late music of Beethoven, Brahms and more

'There is something about mortality or the knowledge that time is not infinite that tends to focus artists' energy in a particular way'. We talk to Jonathan Biss, the American pianist and writer, about the late music of the great Romantic composers and his relationship with their music For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28mins

18 Jul 2016

Rank #1

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Evgeny Kissin exclusive

Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin may be only 41, but such has been his astonishing career that he is already considered a legendary interpreter of acclaimed skill and insight and is now considered one of our age's most remarkable musicians. A child prodigy, he first recorded aged 13, and in the three decades since has embraced the monuments of the pianist's repertoire. Jon Tolansky catches up with him ahead of his recital at the Barbican next month. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

25mins

12 Oct 2012

Rank #2

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Peter Sellars on Ligeti’s Le grand macabre

'This music is buzzing with intergalactic messages and surrealism…’ We speak to the inimitable director about the apocalyptic anti-anti-opera ahead of his production at the Barbican with the LSO and Sir Simon Rattle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

14mins

9 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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Leif Ove Andsnes talks Beethoven

In 2012, multi award-winning Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes recorded the music of Beethoven for the first time in his career. In letting the world hear his thoughts on some of the most significant piano music ever written, Andsnes confirmed those qualities that have made him one of the greats – his selfless admiration for the composer, his combined humanity and spirituality, his taste for balance and his verve and wit. Jon Tolansky catches up with him to talk about his forthcoming Barbican recital that sees his performing Beethoven’s tempestuous, tuneful, beautiful and uplifting piano sonatas. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

25mins

29 Jan 2014

Rank #4

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Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music's energised, sparky and engaged performances of baroque and classical music have thrilled audiences worldwide for nearly 40 years, with live concerts on every continent except Antarctica and over 300 Brit and Grammy Award-winning recordings. Writer and broadcaster Edward Seckerson talks to the AAM's Music Director, Richard Egarr, about their new appointment as an Associate Ensemble of the Barbican, the history of the AAM and their exciting series of concerts during the Barbican's 2012-13 season. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18mins

17 Jan 2012

Rank #5

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Philip Glass at 75 – Exclusive Podcast

For this rare interview, the great American composer chats to Ben Eshmade in a London cab, ahead of the celebrations for his 75th birthday at the Barbican Centre in London. Featuring plenty of Philip Glass's music and insights into his work, his legendary collaborations, his beginnings, the “music world” and the “music business” and some Schoenberg records which took five years to sell in his father's record store… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26mins

21 Aug 2012

Rank #6

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Ian Bostridge talks Winterreise

Ian Bostridge talks to the Guardian’s Tom Service about his special relationship with Schubert’s song-cycle and the demands it places on the performer, following his recital at the Barbican Centre in January 2015. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

15mins

8 Jul 2015

Rank #7

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John Adams talks The Gospel According to the Other Mary

On 16 March, Barbican audiences will finally get to hear the European premiere of 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary', John Adams and Peter Sellars's hugely anticipated follow up to the Nativity oratorio El Niño. This epic oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists will be performed by the LA Phil and led by Gustavo Dudamel who describes the piece as "one of the most important works for our time". Ben Eshmade speaks to the key people involved in this project and explores its journey from inception to realisation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22mins

26 Feb 2013

Rank #8

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Joyce DiDonato talks Drama Queens

Superstar mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato chats with Warwick Thompson about the extreme emotions on display in her new album Drama Queens, the delights and challenges of singing to the Barbican audience, and 'the most inventive, gorgeous, stunning, dramatic gown' she has ever seen – which she will wear at the Barbican on 6 Feb For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

24mins

18 Dec 2012

Rank #9

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Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

One of the world’s oldest and most prestigious symphony orchestras, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam returns to the Barbican for its second International Associate residency in April. Led by Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, the residency celebrates the orchestra’s strong Bruckner tradition as three of his greatest and most evocative symphonies are performed together with concertos by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

18mins

26 Feb 2014

Rank #10

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Wagner Dream

On its world premiere in Luxembourg in 2007, the Guardian placed Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream on the lengthening list of operas by British composers that urgently need a staging here. Finally, on 29 January, this thrilling work will have its UK premiere as a semi-staged performance in the Barbican Hall with Martyn Brabbins conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Marcus O'Dair and Ben Eshmade speak to the key people involved in this project and unearth the delights and surprises that are in store. Part of BBC SO's Total Immersion Weekend (28 – 29 Jan) celebrating the life and music of Jonathan Harvey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27mins

17 Jan 2012

Rank #11

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Christopher Hogwood on Handel's Imeneo

In this edition, Catherine Bott talks to AAM founder Christopher Hogwood as he continues his celebrated cycle of Handel operas at the Barbican with a classic but surprising tale of piracy, lost love and a journey to the underworld. Premiered in 1740, Imeneo was Handel's "farewell to Italian opera" and contains all the vivid characterisation and drama he had been perfecting over the previous decade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

24mins

3 May 2013

Rank #12

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Maxim Vengerov in recital – Part 1

In discussion with Jon Tolansky, Vengerov recalls his strict musical education in communist Russia, his attempt as a ten year-old to learn Paganini's Violin Concerto No 1 in just ten days, and how his fledgling conducting career has changed his approach to performance. Also hear Vengerov like never before, playing electric viola in snippets from Benjamin Yusupov's extraordinary-sounding Viola Tango Rock Concerto. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21mins

29 Jan 2013

Rank #13

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John Adams at 70

'Music is above and beyond all else... It's about feeling.' As the pioneering American composer celebrates his 70th birthday, we spoke about his life, music and varying influences. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26mins

4 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Barbican Britten: Britten and the Voice

For the second of our series of Barbican Britten podcasts, Jon Tolansky explores a selection of Britten's powerful and evocative vocal works, featuring exclusive interviews with performers Ian Bostridge, Thomas Hampson and James Gilchrist, conductor Harry Christophers and scholar Graham Johnson. To find out more about our celebration, visit www.barbican.org.uk/britten For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

24mins

2 Oct 2013

Rank #15

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Chailly's Brahms with Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig

There’s no better way to experience Brahms’s music than this: the world’s oldest symphony orchestra, led by one of today’s most accomplished conductors. Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig conductor Riccardo Chailly gives fascinating insights into the music of Brahms and its performance, in preparation for their much awaited International Associate residency, 22-31 October 2013. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

17mins

24 Sep 2013

Rank #16

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William Christie / Les Arts Florissants – Handel's Belshazzar

When Les Arts Florissants return to the Barbican in December, they bring with them Handel's oratorio Belshazzar, a biblical story of Babylonian binge-drinking, bacchanalia, and battles. Catherine Bott travels to Paris to meet William Christie, conductor of Les Arts Florissants, and discuss the plot, characters, music, and cast in their upcoming performance of what Christie labels ‘some of the best music [Handel] ever wrote'. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

20mins

21 Nov 2012

Rank #17

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Barbican Britten: Exploring Curlew River

Ben Eshmade explores Britten's beautiful Church Parable, Curlew River, a work inspired by Japanese 'Noh' plays. This podcast features exclusive interviews with Netia Jones, William Lacey and Ian Bostridge, who discuss their upcoming, innovative performances of the work at St Giles' Cripplegate, 14-16 November. Martin Holm, Visitor Services Manager at RSPB Rainham Marshes, highlights the distinctive features of the melancholic Curlew bird call. To find out more about our celebration, visit www.barbican.org.uk/britten For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

24mins

30 Oct 2013

Rank #18

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The Dark Mirror: Zender's Winterreise with Ian Bostridge & Netia Jones

‘Hans Zender has taken Schubert's Winterreise and exploded it, he's made a work of art about a work of art.’ As we prepare to transform our Theatre into the winter's landscape of Winterreise, we talk to director Netia Jones, tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Baldur Brönnimann and more about this iconic piece of art For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27mins

7 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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American Soundscapes with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

We talk to composer Andrew Norman and video artist Deborah O'Grady about how the American landscape influences classical and contemporary music, and how to make a visual statement from these works.Both Andrew and Deborah feature Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's upcoming International Associate Residency, which covers the themes of American Soundscapes and includes the music of John Williams and Mahler- for more info see www.barbican.org.uk/music/series.asp?id=1505 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22mins

7 Mar 2016

Rank #20