Stephane Deneve: 41, chief conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra

"Of course I am listening to other music than purely 'classical' music. Actually, I almost never listen to classical music at home, unless I need to check something in a 'professional' way. I would say one of my favorite artists in the jazz area is Bill Evans ('Turn Out the Stars' for example). I do listen often to Chet Baker too (I'm a big fan of 'My Funny Valentine'). I like Bjork, especially the album 'Vespertine' (like 'It's Not Up to You') --amazing sound world. I love to listen to Joao Gilberto, ('Desafinado'...) All time classic for me is Michael Jackson [pictured], especially the very most groovy songs of the Jackson 5 (like 'Blame It on the Boogie'). And of course: Prince ('Purple Rain')... Being a teen-ager in the '80s, I also like many British or French artists of the '80s, let's say like Talk Talk ('Such a Shame'), Simply Red ('Holding Back the Years'), or many French groups, especially Les Rita Mitsouko (like their great song called 'Marcia Baila'). Very recently, I thought that Jay-Z and Alicia Keys 'Empire State of Mind.' or 'Girl Put Your Record On' by Corinne Baily Rae, 'Rehab' by Amy Winehouse, or, even more recent, Gotye 'Somebody That I Used to Know' were really good songs! To finish, I have a soft spot for John Williams music, especially E.T./Star Wars/Indiana Jones, but it's fairly 'classical' symphonic music now, so I don't know if it counts as 'non classical' music!"
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