Alan Gilbert and Michail Paweletz: the former is a conductor, the latter a news anchor. Two completely different worlds. What connects them is their love of classical music and their instrument, the violin. Alan Gilbert, chief conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, says: »It soon became clear to me that I wouldn't make it to the top as a violinist. I had the feeling that conducting was better suited to my temperament and my abilities.« As for Michail Paweletz, as a newscaster he doesn't have much to do with music any more, but he still takes out his violin several times a week. »I love practising scales,« he says. »It's like meditating.«
In the NDR podcast »about music«, the two men talk about the fascination that classical music holds for them, discuss important social questions and swap notes about what this all has to do with them personally.
»The best interviews for me are not interviews at all, but enriching conversations that awaken my interest.«
What is the meaning of music, of the issue of racism in Gershwin's opera »Porgy & Bess« and Mahler's »Resurrection« Symphony? A podcast about classical music: Alan Gilbert and Michail Paweletz talk about their shared passion and about social issues.