Sound Insights Podcast from Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall presents the second season of Sound Insights, a podcast on music, music personalities, and, of course, Carnegie Hall.

In these podcasts we will bring you artists speaking about their work and their lives, commentaries from people in the know, and much more.

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Current Episode

Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès, Leif Ove Andsnes, & Emanuel Ax



Thomas Adès, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Emanuel Ax discuss the finer points of playing the piano, including striking a balance, overcoming your fears, choosing the right instrument, and looking up to your idols.
June 10, 2008

Past Episodes

Susan Graham

Susan Graham, David Daniels, & Isabel Bayrakdarian



Singers Susan Graham, David Daniels, and Isabel Bayrakdarian discuss stepping out of their roles as opera stars to perform intimate song recitals, where sharing the stage with just a spotlight and a piano accompanist can present its own set of challenges and rewards.
May 13, 2008
 Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough & Pierre-Laurent Aimard



There are a staggering number of works written for the piano. How does a pianist decide what to play? Stephen Hough and Pierre-Laurent Aimard talk about what goes on in their minds while deciding what to play and what they want to portray to their audiences.
April 8, 2008
 Lang Lang

Lang Lang & Gil Shaham



Last minute substitutions have provided some stunning breakout opportunities for up-and-coming young performers. In this episode, we hear from violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Lang Lang on the big breaks they received early on that helped jump start their careers.
March 4, 2008
David Lang

David Lang & Uri Caine



David Lang, composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can, and composer/pianist Uri Caine unravel the mystery of the compositional process, discussing their influences, and their innovative approaches to creating new works.
February 26, 2008
Lang Lang

Edward Dusinberre, violinist with the Takács Quartet & Alan Pierson, artistic director of Alarm Will Sound



Working creatively within a group can be a tricky business. Edward Dusinberre, violinist with the Takács Quartet, and Alan Pierson, artistic director of Alarm Will Sound, discuss how trust among individuals in their respective ensembles can enhance the group experience.
Jan 7, 2008
Sir Simon Rattle

Berlin in Lights, Part 2



Hear from some participants from last month’s Berlin in Lights festival, including members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, and students from Upper-Manhattan who performed in the historic Rite of Spring Dance Project.
December 6, 2007
Berlin in Lights

Berlin in Lights, Part 1



In this episode, we take a closer look at a few of the events featured in Carnegie Hall’s city-wide Berlin in Lights festival—from a dance project featuring 120 NYC school kids and the Berliner Philharmoniker, to the globalization of DJ culture in Berlin.
November 6, 2007
Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

Philip Setzer, violin; Lawrence Dutton, viola; David Finckel, cello; Eugene Drucker, violin


Members of The Emerson String Quartet talk about presenting the complete Beethoven quartet cycle in eight concerts at Carnegie Hall and discuss key aspects of Beethoven’s musical language.
May 29, 2007
Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko, David Finckel, & Pierre-Laurent Aimard



Soprano Anna Netrebko shares her secret for breaking out of the chorus and into the spotlight; David Finckel from the Emerson String Quartet talks about their decision to perform the complete Beethoven cycle this June; and pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard traces his skill in bridging musical styles back to his very first piano lessons.
May 15, 2007
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Leila Josefowicz, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, & Deborah Voigt



Violinist Leila Josefowicz talks about her break from standard repertoire, pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard discusses curating concerts from a wide array of repertoire, and soprano Deborah Voigt talks about getting up close and personal in her song recitals.
May 1, 2007
Gil Shaham

George Benjamin, & Gil Shaham



Composer George Benjamin chats about his creative process, and violinist Gil Shaham explores the roots of his love for great music, and playing with his friends.
April 17, 2007
Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang, Edgar Meyer, & Hilary Hahn



Sarah Chang talks about switching gears between pieces during a recital; Edgar Meyer points out that knowing your playing partner well can make all the difference when composing a new work; and Hilary Hahn recalls the excitement of Edgar Meyer's compositional process.
April 3, 2007
David Robertson

David Robertson, Vijay Iyer, Harold Meltzer, & Ingrid Fliter



David Robertson lets us in on the inspiration behind his critically hailed programs; composers Vijay Iyer and Harold Meltzer each take a turn at the keyboard as composer/performers; and pianist Ingrid Fliter gives the inside story on how she gets acquainted with a new instrument at every tour stop.
March 20, 2007
Paquito D’Rivera

Paquito D’Rivera, Carnegie Hall’s National High School Choral Festival, & Thomas Quasthoff



In preparation for his upcoming Latin jazz workshop, Paquito D’Rivera shares some insights into what makes great educators; high school choirs from across the country gear up for the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival; and Thomas Quasthoff talks about the challenges and the rewards of working with young singers.
March 6, 2007
Nico Muhly

Thomas Quasthoff, & Nico Muhly



In this episode, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff reveals his other great musical love—jazz, and 25-year-old composer Nico Muhly talks about launching his own composing career, and the inspiration he gets from sacred music from the 16th century.
February 20, 2007
Geri Allen

Geri Allen, & David Byrne



In this episode, jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen talks about some of the key ingredients involved in making great jazz. We also hear again from David Byrne, talking this time about the music that has shaped his own sensibilities.
February 6, 2007
David Byrne

David Byrne, & Jonathan Biss



In this episode, co-founder of Talking Heads, David Byrne, gives insight about curating a four-night series of concerts at Carnegie Hall, and piano virtuoso Jonathan Biss cautions about putting too much stock in your own press.
January 23, 2007
Sweet Honey In The Rock

Carol Maillard from Sweet Honey In The Rock, & Daniel Barenboim



In this episode, Carol Maillard from Sweet Honey in the Rock talks about the connection the group makes with the youngest members of their fan base, and Daniel Barenboim talks about his holistic approach to music making.
January 9, 2007
Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne, Barbara Cook, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, & Gil Shaham



In this episode, Marilyn Horne and Barbara Cook discuss qualities they listen for in young singers, and Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, and Gil Shaham talk about the impact of the New York String Orchestra on young musicians.
December 19, 2006
Daniel Barenboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Renée Fleming, Midori, & Daniel Barenboim on the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra



In this episode, soprano Renée Fleming and violinist Midori talk about the power of early experiences in music. We also hear from Daniel Barenboim about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and how prejudices are overcome when young Israeli and Arab musicians come together to perform side-by-side.
December 6, 2006
To purchase the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s latest recording, “Live in Berlin” from the Shop at Carnegie Hall, click here.

For more information or to purchase Renée Fleming’s latest album, “Homage—The Age of the Diva”, click here.
Dorothea Röschmann

Dorothea Röschmann, Warren Jones, & Gerard McBurney



In this episode, soprano Dorothea Röschmann and pianist Warren Jones talk about what it takes to create a successful musical collaboration, and musicologist Gerard McBurney takes us into the gritty world of Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin.
November 21, 2006
Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Barbara Cook, & Marina Frolova-Walker



In this episode we hear from violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter about Mozart; chanteuse Barbara Cook about singing Sondheim; and Cambridge University lecturer Marina Frolova-Walker about Shostakovich and his songs.
November 7, 2006
Click here for more information about Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recent recording of Mozart Violin Sonatas on Deutsche Grammophon
Thomas Quasthoff

Roswell Rudd, Steve Reich, & Thomas Quasthoff



In this episode: Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd jams with a group of Mongolian throat singers, Steve Reich talks about where he found the inspiration for his Daniel Variations and Thomas Quasthoff recalls his own Carnegie Hall debut.
October 24, 2006
Steve Reich

Leon Fleisher, Toru Takemitsu, & Steve Reich



In this episode: Pianist Leon Fleisher tells a story about the great Jascha Heifetz, we hear a reminiscence of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, and Steve Reich discusses his 1971 work Drumming.
October 10, 2006
Leif Ove Andsnes

Leif Ove Andsnes, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, & Carnegie Hall’s First Opening Night



In this episode we hear from pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on Mozart; world music critic Richard Gehr on Ladysmith Black Mambazo; and Carnegie Hall’s archivist Gino Francesconi on Carnegie Hall’s very first opening night in 1891.
September 26, 2006