Youtube, though, is quick off the mark. Hilary Hahn has uploaded three segments of her video interview with Yakov, both clearly having fun, together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Florian Zwiauer. Yakov’s warmth and generosity comes over full blast.
There are also clips of him talking about various composers, including Mahler.
I have fond memories of him working in Berlin at the Komische Opera with the 90-odd but very sprightly Berthold Goldschmidt. You can hear sample clips from the Decca album here.
Desperately sad to have lost him.
Here’s a reminiscence from the former Bournemouth Symphony manager, Tony Woodcock:
‘I have adored this man for many years as a unique artist, musician, pianist, and wonderful conductor, but mostly as my great friend and collaborator.’