David Watkin: ‘I’m always looking for parallels and metaphors in life.’

The cellist and conductor talks about the relationship of musicianship and scholarship, accompanying recitative on the cello, and the importance of understanding the language of music.

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Opera Guide: Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Part Two)

During the interval at a performance in 1863, Berlioz’s son Louis heard two men discussing the opera, saying that music like this should not be allowed. Is Part Two too long? Rubbish. Part Two contains some of the best music Berlioz ever wrote.

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