This week, ahead of the UK premiere of Arlene Sierra’s string chamber piece Avian Mirrors at London Festival of American Music, I explore Sierra’s work over the past 20 years along with contemporaries Kenneth Hesketh and Gordon Beeferman. Also music from Beethoven and his friend Marie Bigot.
Contemporary Corner – Lucy Hollingworth
Today I’m showcasing a piece by Lucy Hollingworth, a pHD student at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and trustee of Women in Music organisation.
Album of the Week – EntArteOpera
Phenomenal album of chamber music and art songs by composers persecuted by the Nazi party and almost forgotten through the tragedy of WWII, including music by Henriette Bosmans, Vally Weigl and Viteszlava Kapralova.
This show we’re going back to the Baroque with Francesca Caccini, in 1625 she became the first woman to write a full scale opera. We discover more about her life and career along with her friends at the Medici court Jacopo Peri and Marco da Gagliano. Plus two composers who collaborated with Langston Hughes, leader of the Harlem Renaissance – Florence Price and Kurt Weill.
Contemporary Corner – Joanna Ward
This week I’m showcasing a brand new piece by trailblazing young composer Joanna Ward. Cambridge student and committee member for the 1st ever Cambridge Female Composers Festival 2019.
Album Of The Week – Tasmin Little Plays: Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach
Very excited to feature stunning new album by world class violinist Tasmin Little performing works by 3 incredible marginalised composers – Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth and Amy Beach.
This week I’ve got late 19th century Swedish composer and violinist Amanda Maier, playing some of her music along with music from friends Grieg, Brahms and Hagg. Also on the show music Polish modernism from Grazyna Bacewic and Lutoslawski.
Illuminate Monthly Residency
1st Tuesday of the month so I’m looking at Illuminate Women’s Music, got a live recording from last year and also finding out all the exciting things they’ve got planned for 2019. Check out their website here.
Contemporary Corner with Juliana Hall
This week I’m playing music from American art song composer Juliana Hall and her song cycle Letters to Edna.
Album Of The Week – La Donne E La Chitarra by Drama Musica
Latest release by Drama Musica, guitar music from three 19th century composers: Emilia Giulani, Athenais Paulian and Sidney Pratten. Performed by James Akers.
This week we’re exploring the intersection between classical and jazz with mid 20th century composer Dana Suesse and friends Gerswhin and Shostakovich. Also on the show some festival music for wind band from Kenneth Hesketh and Julie Giroux.
Contemporary Corner – Rebecca Rowe
This week in Contemporary Corner British composer Rebecca Rowe and her piano piece Fantasie In Nomine.
Album Of The Week – This Day by Blossom St Choir
Phenomenal album celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote from Blossom St Choir. 14 amazing women composers spanning these 100 years including Elizabeth Maconchy, Cecilia McDowall and Stef Connor.
This week dreamy music from Romantic piano composer Maria Szymanowska along with friends Field, Glinka and Chopin.
This brand new weekly feature showcases a piece by a living composer. This week I’m featuring Rainlessness by Australian composer Rae Howell.
Album Of The Week: The Spirit and the Maiden by Muses Trio
Fantastic album of piano trio music by women composers spanning the last 100 years, including music by Nadia Boulanger, Elena Kats Chermin and Vitezslava Kapralova. Buy now on CDBaby here
This week exploring the work of early classical composer Anna Bon and her life in the European courts of Bayreuth and Esterhazy alongside contemporaries Haydn, Johann Stamitz and Bernard Hagen. Plus the awesome new release of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1 and 4 from Naxos Records
Album Of The Week: Daughters of Earth by Durward Ensemble
New album of contemporary chamber music by Durward Ensemble featuring 5 phenomenal American composers including Laura Schwartz, Elizabeth Comninellis Foster and Lisa Neher. Compositions include a statement on the election of Donald Trump to the devastating yet awesome power of tornadoes. Buy now on CDBaby here.
My completely gender balanced round up of classical music releases from 2018 is here! Featuring amazing albums of women composers, men composers and some trailblazing gender balanced albums, this is the guide to classical music in 2018.
Ringing in the New Year in style with a Parisian party from 19th century French Romantics Augusta Holmes, Saint Saens and Franck plus awesome wind band music.
Organisation Of The Week
The second monthly event with Illuminate Women’s Music, an extraordinary organisation promoting music by women composers and performers. Set up by Angela Slater and including a concert series touring the UK playing living and historical composers. This week featuring Boston New School composer Amy Beach and contemporary composers in residence Blair Boyd and Angela Slater.
Discover more about Illuminate’s amazing work on their website.
Album Of The Week: Women of History by Carlotta Ferrari
Fantastic album of organ compositions released in 2016 and inspired by incredible women from the past. including Maria Restituti and Lady Frankenstein.
Available to listen and buy from Presto Classical here
The last show of 2018 and the 2nd of my Winter Wonderland specials featuring carols, Christmas pieces and general winter themed goodness by a 50/50 split, gender balanced mix of composers. Composers include works by Viteszlava Kapralova, Vivaldi, Cecile Chaminade, Debussy, Judith Bingham and Vaughan Williams.
The first of my two Winter Wonderland specials featuring carols, Christmas songs and general winter themed musical goodness. Music from the 12th Century to the 21st with Hildegard von Bingen, Bach, Sarah Rimkus, Tchaikovsky, Augusta Holmes, Holst, Fanny Hensel and lots more!