The Daffodil Perspective 22nd January 2019

This week dreamy music from Romantic piano composer Maria Szymanowska along with friends Field, Glinka and Chopin.

Contemporary Corner

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

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The Daffodil Perspective 15th January 2018

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.

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The Daffodil Perspective 1st January 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.

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Available to listen and buy from Presto Classical here

The Daffodil Perspective 11th December 2018

This show features an in-depth look at late 20th century composer Teresa Procaccini, following her life and music alongside fellow Italians Berio and Maderna. Also on the show is music from Villa Lobos.

Album Of The Week 1: Homage by Drama Musica

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Homage by Drama Musica, featuring soprano Susie Georgiadis and pianist Angiolina Sensale. This amazing new release brings to life songs by women composers from Italy and Brazil including Chiquinha Gonzaga and Geni Sadero. Some of the pieces are over 100 years old and are only just receiving their world premier recordings on this album. The album also features a protest song from contemporary Brazil composer Catarina Domenici. Overseen by founder Gabriella Di Laccio this is a spectacular record. Listen here:

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In a double bill of awesome albums I’m also featuring the new release Magic Lantern Tales by contemporary English composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, she is hot off the heels of a stunning world premiere performance of her new piece Last Man Standing at The Barbican with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Magic Lantern Tales is a beautiful collection of choral music by Frances-Hoad.

The Daffodil Perspective 4th December 2018

This show features an in-depth look at contemporary film and TV composer Debbie Wiseman, following her 25 year career including the soundtrack to Wolf Hall alongside other scores including Downton Abbey by John Lunn. Also on the show is music by Russians Nina Makarova and Khachaturian.

Organisation Of The Week

The first of a very special 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 I am playing live recordings of the organisers and composers in residence Sarah Westwood, Blair Boyd and Angela Slater.

Discover more about Illuminate’s amazing work on their website.

 

The Daffodil Perspective 27th November 2018

This show features an in-depth look at early 20th century Czech composer Vitezslava Kapralova, following her life and music with alongside Martinu and Smetana. Also on the show is music from film composers Deborah Lurie and Alan Silvestri.

Album Of The Week

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Four Women by pianist Samantha Ege, a brand new album featuring music from 4 spectacular women composers including the American Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, Vitezslava Kapralova and a world premiere recording of Ethel Bilsland’s The Birthday Party, written 100 years ago.

Available to listen and buy from CDBaby here.

The Daffodil Perspective 20th November 2018

This show features an in-depth look at 19th Century English composer Alice Mary Smith, following her life and music alongside music by her contemporaries including Mussorgsky, Wagner and Bizet. Also on the show is Flemish Baroque composer Leonora Duarte and Constanjin Huygens

Album Of The Week

Guitar Ladies by guitarist Heike Matthieson. Featuring relaxing, dreamy music for guitar from 2 centuries of phenomenal women composers including Ida Presti, Sidney Pratten and new commissions from Maria Linnemann.

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Available to listen and buy from CDBaby here.