The Berlin Phil have posted a subtitled interview clip from 2012 with their incoming chief conductor.
Asked how he gets his particular sound in each piece with an orchestra, he tells clarinettist Alexander Bader: ‘I work on it a lot at home. When I study a score I learn it page by page and I sing it to myself.
‘Otherwise when I step in front of this kind of orchestra you have so much coming at you, unless you have your own idea of sound you will just go under….It ought to sound different with every conductor.’
The interview was filmed the last time Kirill worked with Berlin, in December 2012.