The UK arts reviews website The Arts Desk has just published a long, fascinating and in-depth question-answer interview between David Nice and Stéphane Denève (from a meeting in 2010), to coincide with the opening of the new RSNO Season (his last as Music Director). You can read the full interview here.
Their discussion, packed with interesting anecdotes, covered a wide range of topics close to Stéphane’s heart, including Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, his thoughts on conducting, rehearsing an orchestra, on contemporary composers such as Helen Grime and James MacMillan, on the differening musical cultures in America and Europe, on performing La Mer at the BBC Proms and on his early training as a conductor and pianist… and even his thoughts on Bach – not a composer one would normally associate him with.
Denève on conducting:
Denève on the future:
You can read the full interview here.
And, for the story of the interviewer’s black eye (was it caused by Stéphane?!) you’ll need to read his personal blog.