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What is Lise Davidsen listening to during lockdown? / GRAMOPHONE

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What are our musicians listening to during lockdown? GRAMOPHONE asked them each to nominate one recording that speaks to them at this particular time …Gramophone's 2018 Young Artist of the Year, Soprano: Lise Davidsen's most recent release of Richard Strauss and Wagner was an Editor's Choice in June 2019. Her critically acclaimed performance as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio, from the Royal Opera House earlier his year, will be screened on BBC4 next month.

she's listening to.....JS Bach St John Passion Soloists; The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv Produktion)

The last weeks have been emotional on many levels, and a lot of music passed through my mind when I was asked to suggest one album. From lighter pop-music to the Sieben Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg. But as so many times before, I go back to Bach to find a distraction from what I'm studying and performing, but also as a reminder of what I still think of as 'my music', even though I don't perform it any more. What can beat a great St John Passion when we are facing a stay-at-home Easter? There are many wonderful recordings, but this was one of the first that I was introduced to and it has stayed with me ever since. I love the conductor's choices in both tempi and phrasing. The simplicity from both choir, soloists and orchestra is maybe why I enjoy it so much and also return back to it all the time. And when we can't go and listen to it live during Easter I would suggest this one as a small comfort.