A tale of two maestro brothers – on the Lebrecht Interview tonightmain
The new series of Lebrecht Interviews kicks off tonight on BBC Radio 3 with a head-to-head with Semyon Bychkov, a conductor who rejected the traditional career route and is now one of the most sought-after in his profession.
Raised in tough conditions in Leningrad, he describes the contradictions of the Soviet system without bitterness, followed by the camaraderie of musical exiles when he left the country penniless, his family held behind.
Bychkov also talks for the first time about the difficult relationship with his brother Yakov Kreizberg, who died earlier this year.
It’s tonight at 2145 UK time after the Prom concert, and streamed online here for a week.