Conductor Gianandrea Noseda Talks Beethoven, Bach and the BBC

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Gianandrea Noseda serves as music director of the Opera House in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, for nine years he served as principal conductor of England’s BBC Philharmonic and along the way conducted many of the world’s great orchestras and in the leading opera houses. Earlier this spring, Noseda conducted acclaimed performances of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera.

In this interview with Mad About Music host Gilbert Kaplan, Noseda reveals:

-- Why he would select Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony if he ever had to audition.

-- That Bach is the finest composer: “There is God, there is Bach, there are other composers.”

-- How 1.5 million music lovers responded to BBC’s offer of a free download of the nine Beethoven symphonies.

-- His favorite historical conductors: Ferenc Fricsay, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Victor De Sabata.

-- His favorite work he has yet to conduct: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

-- Biggest danger for a new music director: Trying to change the DNA, the traditions of an orchestra too abruptly.

-- Musical fantasy: If not a conductor, he would love to play the French horn.


Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth, “Witches Chorus.” Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra and Chorus. Thomas Schippers. London 433-039-2.

Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion. Conclusion. Vienna Concentus Musicus, Regensburg Cathedral Boys Choir, Cambridge King's College Choir and soloists from the Vienna Boys Choir. Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Teldec 2292-42509-2.

Alfredo Casella: Symphony No. 2. Second movement [excerpt]. BBC Philharmonic. Gianandrea Noseda. Chandos 10605.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis. Kyrie [excerpt]. English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir. John Eliot Gardiner. Alastair Miles, bass; Charlotte Margiono, soprano; Catherine Robbin, mezzo-soprano; William Kendall, tenor. DG 429 779-2.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: "The Power of Love" [excerpt] from Welcome to the Pleasuredome. UD-53199.

Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov (1869 version). Coronation Scene. Mariinsky Orchestra and Chorus. Valery Gergiev. Konstantin Pluzhnikov, tenor. Philips 462 230-2.