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15th November 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Contemporary Music

Spotlight – Listen – See in Concert – Review ‘For me, much of the value of performing contemporary music is the experience of working with the composer,” says Semyon Bychkov. “When you perform the music of the past, you rely on your own insight and knowledge, and what other performers...

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10th November 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Shostakovich

Spotlight – Listen – See in Concert – Reviews ‘I was born later than Shostakovich, so I did not live through the years of mass terror in the Soviet Union as he did,’ says Semyon Bychkov. ‘But nevertheless I understand the way of life he experienced and identify with it....

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24th October 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Rachmaninov

Spotlight – Listen – Review Rachmaninov was one of Semyon Bychkov’s idols from childhood. ;I played his piano music, I read everything I could find on him, including his letters. It was an obsession. And then I found myself at the Leningrad Conservatory, the youngest of all the conductors, and...

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15th October 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Richard Strauss

Spotlight – Listen – See in Concert – Review Semyon Bychkov sees Strauss as a man who lived in two very different worlds. ‘He was born into one and died in another. He witnessed several collapses of Europe, the last of which the destruction of Germany was what he took...

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