VIDEO PODCAST: Find out about composers from unusual places, including Gerard Schurmann, Giya Kancheli, Nazib Zhiganov and Nodar Gabunia, about singing in cars, and meet Jim Hutton from the RLPO and some of our regular contributors in this eighty-minute February 2021 video.
VIDEO PODCAST: Discussion about Bernard Haitink (1929-2021), Salzburg, Roger Doyle's Finnegans Wake Project, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Chopin Competition Warsaw, Los Angeles Opera and other subjects in our hour-long November 2021 video.
Ernest Ansermet is remembered especially for his years as director of L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which he founded in 1918. Born 11 November 1883 in Vernay, Switzerland, his earlier experiences included conducting for Diaghilev's Russian Ballet tours. Particular interest in Stravinsky led to many performances, including premières. He also conducted the first performance of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He died on 20 February 1969.
Profile. Landmark Collaborations - A personal reminiscence of British conductor Lawrence Leonard, by Keith Bramich
CD Spotlight. Engagingly Heartening - Choral and orchestral music by Arthur Honegger, enjoyed by Howard Smith. '... strikingly performed by Welsh forces ...'