Marc Minkowski founded his period-instrument ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre 30 years ago and has built it into one of the world's finest. Down the years he has performed a vast range of music from the French and German Baroque via music of the Classical period to Bizet and Berlioz.
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations, Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble – a second French city was added to the title in 2005 – have recorded the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert for Naïve (a cycle, Rob Cowan's forthcoming review states, that takes its place alongside those of Brüggen, Abbado, Zinman, Zender, Karajan, Kertész, Mehta and Böhm).
James Jolly went to Paris to talk to Minkowski about his orchestra and also his approach to the Schubert symphonies. Listen to the conversation in the Gramophone Player or download the podcast from iTunes
(Marc Minkowski appears on Saturday, December 15 with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican in London in Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt.)