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1st December 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Brahms

Spotlight – Listen – Review ‘The music of Brahms is always intimate, no matter how loudly it’s talking,’ says Semyon Bychkov. ‘For me, this is the great paradox: the monumentality of Brahms is in its intimacy. There is an interesting letter that he wrote in 1886 to his friend, the...

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29th November 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Verdi

Spotlight – Listen –  Reviews ‘Verdi has always been close to my heart,’ says Semyon Bychkov. ‘I grew up in Leningrad, where there are three opera houses, including the least-known one that is part of the Conservatory. All three had La Traviata in their repertoire, and in those years there...

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22nd November 2013

Semyon Bychkov on Wagner

Spotlight – Listen – See in Concert – Reviews ‘Wagner’s operas are the closest music to Buddhism that I know,’ says Semyon Bychkov. He goes on to explain: ‘It is in a permanent state of unfolding. Yes, of course, there is a moment when it starts – but only because...

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