The La Stampa Interviews

26-10-2017

La Stampa Interviews by Maria Chiara Bonazzi

A tiny but very cherished sample of Maria Chiara Bonazzi’s many personal interviews and arts features, published in the Italian daily newspaper LA STAMPA over more than a decade.

26-10-2017

Yehudi Menuhin

The unforgettable Yehudi Menuhin. A grand and humble artist, and an almost painfully polite gentleman. When Einstein heard him play, he said: “Now I know there is a God”. In this conversation with Maria Chiara, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Menuhin came across as a true humanist, convinced that music could help build a “more loving society”, but he also spoke very intensely of his belief that “everything is inhabited by God”.
  • LA STAMPA Società & Cultura Cover Story

  • LA STAMPA Società & Cultura Cover Story

26-10-2017

Evgeny Kissin

Romantic to a T and a childhood phenomenon, yet capable of elevating absolutely anything he chooses to the the greatest, dizzying heights of art, Kissin was described by Karajan as "a genius". He was only 17 at the time, but he had been stunning audiences since he was 7, to the extent that the say "Kissin talks to God" was doing the rounds in Moscow. His virtuosity is always at the service of phrasing, of meaning, from the most tumultuous to the most ethereal.

His first interview with Maria Chiara was more autobiographical; in the second one Kissin explained his approach to Beethoven, and why he chose to perform the whole cycle of Beethoven’s concertos, spread across two concerts.
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26-10-2017

Semyon Bychkov

The experience of hearing Bychkov's “Don Carlo” at the Teatro Regio in Turin in 2006 was comparable to holding Verdi’s score against the light and seeing the composer’s emotions woven into the sumptuous fabric, while bringing out the humanity behind every note. The effect was obviously at one with Bychkov’s own elegant magnificence. To him, one of music’s job descriptions, he said to Maria Chiara, is “to destroy boundaries; but then you need to feel at home beyond those boundaries”. One of the greatest conductors ever.
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26-10-2017

Rudolf Buchbinder

A legend among Beethoven interpreters, Buchbinder performed the 32-sonata cycle over 50 times ("a challenge every time", he is known to say) . Maria Chiara was one of the very first journalists to discover the new Grafenegg Festival before it even opened just outside Vienna in 2007, to which Buchbinder has given his masterful touch as artistic director ever since. The greatest artists in the world now flock to Grafenegg, which has become one of the unmissable international festivals in the summer calendar.
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31-10-2017

Ian McEwan

The great English novelist broke a two-year silence to tell Maria Chiara all about his forthcoming book, Enduring Love, describing a psychotic obsession parodying romantic love, known as De Clérambault syndrome. McEwan, masterful as ever in dissecting mental obsessions and bodily misery, said in this interview: “Here, at last, my love for science found its way of expressing itself”.
  • LA STAMPA Società & Cultura & Spettacoli Cover Story

  • LA STAMPA Società & Cultura & Spettacoli Cover Story

31-10-2017

AS Byatt

Celebrated for her intricate intellectual obsessions, the author of Possession talked to Maria Chiara about her forthcoming short story collection, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. She said: “When you really are in a situation of necessity, you need a bearable fable or story, to keep in mind that being human is important. In a way, you are entitled to them”.
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