Gianandrea Noseda is one of the many distinguished conductors who the classical music business has Italy, the motherland of music, to thank for. Noseda made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in May of 2015 with a programme that demonstrated the maestro’s versatility. With the famous Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss (the soloist was the Finnish singer Camilla Nylund) and the Partita by Goffredo Petrassi, a composer hardly known in Germany, he showed his skill in both the German and Italian repertoire. Not least as a result of his ten-year tenure as principal guest conductor of the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Noseda also feels a particular connection to Russian music. This was shown in the work performed at the end of the concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. In this interview with the violinist Stanley Dodds, a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1994, Noseda talks about Petrassi, who the conductor almost met, about Strauss’s songs of farewell, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony in which the expression of a deep personal crisis is combined with original formal aspects.