10 April 2013

Gramophone revisit classic interviews

In celebration of Gramophone’s first issue, published 90 years ago in April 1923, Gramophone revisit a series of classic interviews from the Gramophone archive. Alan Blyth spoke to Pierre Boulez i ('Wagner used to be treated in a quite exaggerated post-Romantic way. When I conducted Parsifal at Bayreuth I didn't see why everything had to be taken at such slow tempi or with overdone dynamic contrasts – the pathos and rhetoric were just too much.' ) in November 1967, Eugene Ormandy in April 1970, Benjamin Britten in June 1970, and Leontyne Price in August 1971. In February 1979 Robin Stringer spoke to Glenn Gould.

Plus, leading critics for the magazine recall their first Gramophone review: Richard Osborne on Carlos Kleiber’s Beethoven Fifth (DG); Jeremy Nicholas on Wynton Marsalis’s All Rise conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen (Sony Classical); Rob Cowan on Brahms and Khachaturian Violin Concertos with Henryk Szeryng and the LSO under Antal Doráti (Mercury); and Edward Greenfield on Schubert’s Ninth Symphony with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Munch.