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Gramophone remembers Kathleen Ferrier
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Kathleen Ferrier 1912-1952-2012

In September 2003, 50 years after Kathleen Ferrier's death, Martin Cullingford told the story of, in Bruno Walter's words, 'A soul full of joy'.

Interviewing Abbado

Leading musicians and collaborators put their questions to the great conductor (Gramophone, 2010)

Callas via Legge

In 1971 I recorded a series of interviews with Walter Legge at his home near Geneva. He spoke without notes and I have not changed anything.
Pahud: top-notch teacher as well as player
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Learning from a pro

I have a flute lesson with Emmanuel Pahud every week. Really. It’s not that expensive. And even if he’s in the middle of touring, he’ll take a break to visit me at home. I’ve relearnt Schubert’s Trockne Blumen with him (my recital piece at music college), and he’s encouraged me to dust down my Marcel Moyse De la Sonorité to practise breathing techniques. He’s also helped me improve my intonation and tone down my vibrato, and made me look at tonguing in a whole new way (less attack, more air!).

Camilla Nyland as Rusalka at the ROH (photo: Clive Barda)
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Rusalka’s chequered history

When wild cheers turn to boos in the space of five seconds, you know an impression has been made. And perhaps we should expect nothing less of Rusalka ’s much-delayed Royal Opera House debut, which provoked such mixed reactions at its first night last week. I had some sympathy with the booers. The directors Sergio Morabito and Jossi Wieler have thrown just about everything at the fairy-tale opera including a neon crucifix, a disembowelled sheep and an oversized black cat who has his wicked way with the title water nymph.

Karol Szymanowski as a young man (Photo: Tully Potter Collection
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Celebrating Szymanowski (1882-1937): 75 years on

I cannot talk objectively about Szymanowski, for you cannot expect objectivity or reasonability from someone in love. And reasonability is out of place when this music is concerned…Szymanowski is one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. Sir Simon Rattle

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