One of classical music's great friendships ended abruptly in 1915, when, with the world at war, Alexander Scriabin died at just 43.
Robert Spano has been at the helm of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for 19 years, and has indelibly left his mark on both the orchestra and the musical life of the city in that time. We asked him about what changes he's seen, the process of recording and the importance of working with living composers.
Since winning the coveted BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2002 at the age of 12, Jennifer Pike has been making music of virtuosity, curiosity and verve. Her recent release on Chandos 'The Polish Violin' sees her exploring her heritage, and that of the violin amongst Polish composers. We asked Jennifer about the experiences and discoveries which contributed to the album.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner is known for his exacting high standards and music making of irrepressible energy. Following his acclaimed Mendelssohn recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra, he has turned his hand to Schumann for his next major project with the orchestra, with recordings to follow later this year on LSO Live.
Joel Ethan Fried has been the Artistic Director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 19 years. We spoke to him about the challenges of programming, working with the world's greatest conductors and the orchestra's great Mahler tradition.