The Daffodil Perspective 19th May 2019

 

Tracklist

Time Composer Work Performer Album Label Buy
0 Williams Theme from Sabrina John Williams Sabrina: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack A&M Records Amazon
5.22 Rachel Portman Theme from Emma Royal Scottish National Orchestra Hollywood 96 Varese Sarabande Amazon
8.46 Rachel Portman Chocolat Main Titles Rachel Portman Chocolat (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Sony Classical Amazon
12.29 Rachel Portman Belle Main Titles, This is Portrait Revealed City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Belle (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Varese Sarabande Amazon
16.49 Verdina Shlonsky Pages From The Diary Fidan Aghayeva Edler Verbotene Klänge: Sechs Suiten Kreuzberg Records Amazon
29.57 Hailstork Symphony 3 1st Mvt Grand Rapids Symphony, David Lockington Hailstork Symphonies 2 & 3 Naxos Presto
43.05 Edie Hill From The Wingbone of a Swan II Source The Crossing, Donald Nally Clay Jug PARMA Recordings Presto
49.41 Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor 1st Mvt Gian Luca Petrucci (flute), János Devich (cello), Jenő Jandó (piano) Farrenc & Mendelssohn: Flute Trios Tudor Presto
1.00.08 Louise Farrenc Piano Trio in E Minor 1st Mvt Gian Luca Petrucci (flute), János Devich (cello), Jenő Jandó (piano) Farrenc & Mendelssohn: Flute Trios Tudor Presto
1.10.58 Alakotila Concerto Grosse Oeverture Paul Taylor OrCHestra Alphorn & Nordic Winds Solo Musica Presto
1.19.58 Sanna Kurki Suoni Tass On Neinen Paul Taylor OrCHestra Alphorn & Nordic Winds Solo Musica Presto
1.27.16 Jarre Dr Zhivago Lara’s Theme Cinema Stage Orchestra Doctor Zhivago RKO Music Amazon

The Daffodil Perspective 6th May 2019

 

The Daffodil Perspective is 6 months old. 6 months of celebrating women composers and championing gender equality. Join me for a special episode with tons of awesome music.

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Link to Buy
0 Walters Primavera Overture Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Andrew Penny Welsh Classical Favourites Marco Polo Presto
8.14 Andrea Tarrodi Lume Allmanna Sangen, Maria Goundorina Femina Moderna BIS Presto
15.52 Andrea Tarrodi Camelopardalis Vasteras Sinfonietta Tarrodi: Orchestral Works dB Productions Presto
25.21 Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet No. 2 (Madardal) Dahlkvist Quartet Tarrodi: String Quartets dB Productions Presto
32.19 Magle Rising of a New Day Radio Underholdnings Orkestar Lys På Din Vej EMI Classics Amazon
39.43 Morfydd Owen 4 Welsh Impressions Kesia Decote (piano) N/A Independent (Illuminate Women’s Music)
48.29 Hovhaness And God Created Great Whales Seattle Symphony Orchestra Alan Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountain Delos Presto
1.01.42 Keyna Wilkins Floating in Space Keyna Wilkins Orbits and Riffs Independent Bandcamp
1.07.48 Muhly Balance Problems yMusic Balance Problems Independent Bandcamp
1.16.08 Alica Needham Daughters of England Suffrage Sinfonia, Kantos Chamber Choir, Alice Farnham Lost Women of Music ABC Classics Presto
1.19.35 Susan Spain Dunk Phantasy Quartet Suffrage Sinfonia, Alice Farnham Lost Women of Music ABC Classics Presto
1.23.18 Ethel Smyth March of the Women Suffrage Sinfonia, Kantos Chamber Choir, Alice Farnham Lost Women of Music ABC Classics Presto
1.27.39 Tristano Circle Song Francesco Tristano Piano Circle Songs Sony Presto

The Daffodil Perspective 28th April 2019

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Link to Buy
0.00 Sinding The Rustle of Spring Eva Knardahl (piano) Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000 (Simax 2008) Presto
3.49 Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Harpsichord Suite no 1 in D minor Allemande Elisabetta Guglielmin (harpsichord) Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Pieces De Clavecin (Aavea 2017) Presto
7.29 Couperin Pieces De Clavecin 1 in G Major Menuet Et Double Lawrence Cummings (harpsichord) Couperin: Music for Harpsichord Vol 1 (Naxos 1997) Presto
11.08 Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Cephale et Procris Overture Peter Sykes (harpsichord) Na’ama Lion (baroque flute) Protegee Of The Sun King Music by Jacquet de la Guerre (Centaur 2005) Presto
15.58 Marchand Harpsichord Suite in D Minor Davitt Moroney (harpsichord) Le Clavecin Français: Louis Marchand & Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (Plectra Music 2007) CDBaby
19.20 Marais 2nd Suite for Viol Allemande Anne Gallet, Hopkinson Smith, Jordi Savall Marin Marais: Pieces for Viol from the Five Books (Heritage 2010) Presto
23.04 Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Violin Sonata No. 6 Adagio Les Dominos Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonatas for violin and basso continuo (Ricercar 2011) Presto
28.19 Dorothy Howell Lamia Karelia Philharmonic Orchestra British Orchestral Premieres (Lyrita 2018) Presto
43.56 Bax Tintagel Royal Scottish National Orchestra Bax: Symphony No. 7 et al(Naxos 2003) Presto
59.23 Andrea Reinkemeyer In The Speaking Silence Post Haste Reed Duo Donut Robot (Aerocade Music 2019) Bandcamp
1.09.13 Josephine Lang An Der See Heike Hallaschka (soprano) Heidi Kommerrell (piano) Josephine Lang: Lieder (Audite 2003) Amazon
1.15.13 Grazyna Bacewicz Piano Sonata No. 2 3rd Mvt Morta Grigliunaite (piano) Bacewicz: Piano Music (Piano Classics 2019) Presto
1.19.47 Victoria Bond Instruments of Revelation High Priestess Chicago Pro Musica Victoria Bond: Instruments of Revelation (Naxos American Classics 2019) Presto
1.25.37 Piazzolla Libertango Moscow Chamber Orchestra Showpieces & Encores (Delos 2002) Presto

The Daffodil Perspective 21st April 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer and Work Performer(s) Album Label Link To Buy
0 Alexis Ffrench – Bluebird Alexis Ffrench (piano) Reborn Sony Presto
4.5 Galina Ustvolskaya Trio for clarinet, violin and piano 3rd Mvt Harmen de Boer, Vera Beths, Reinbert de Leeuw Ustvolskaya: Trio For Violin, Clarinet And Piano hat[now]ART Presto
11.06 Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 5 Artemis Quartet Shostakovich: String Quartet Nos. 5, 7 & Piano Quintet Erato Presto
23.02 Sviridov – Snowstorm Troika and Waltz The USSR TV and Radio Large Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Fedoseyev
Gyorgy Sviridov: The Snowstorm, Pushkin’s Garland & Three Choruses Alto Presto
30.32 Galina Ustvolskaya – Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem Schonberg Ensemble, Reinbert de Leeuw Ustvolskaya: Compositions 1-3 Philips Presto
38.21 Tischenko – Symphony No. 6 Echo Valentina Yuzvenko (soprano), Elena Rubin (contralto) Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, Gennady Rozhdestvensky Tishchenko: Symphony No. 6 Northern Flowers Presto
44.28 Galina Ustvolskaya – Piano Sonata No. 6 Natalia Andreeva (piano) Russian Piano Music Series Volume 11 – Galina Ustvolskaya Divine Art Recordings Presto
53.4 Florence Price – Dances In The Canebrakes Tropical Noon William Chapman Nyaho (piano)] Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2) MSR Classics Presto
58.32 Roux – Preludes in African Rhythm Township Guitar William Chapman Nyaho (piano)] Asa: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent (Volume 2) MSR Classics Presto
1.04.19 Ylva Skog – Blood Moon from Moon Pieces Ann Sofi Klingberg (piano) Tarrodi & Skog: Piano Pieces dB Productions Presto
1.11.30 Rachel Leach – Out Of Town Amy Van Walsum (soprano) Out Of Town Independent Amyvanwalsum.com
1.15.47 Thea Musgrave – Suite o’ Bairnsongs Amy Van Walsum (soprano) Out Of Town Independent Amyvanwalsum.com
1.18.20 Elaine Hugh-Jones – Old Woman At The Flower Show (The Comford Cycle) Amy Van Walsum (soprano) Out Of Town Independent Amyvanwalsum.com
1.20.28 Takemitsu – Rain Tree Sketch I and II Kotaro Fukuma (piano) Takemitsu: Piano Music Naxos Presto

The Daffodil Perspective 16th April 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Link to Buy
0 Bernstein Magnificent Seven Theme All Souls Orchestra Prom Praise – How Great Thou Art Integrity Music Amazon
6.28 Emilie Mayer String Quartet 2nd Movt Klenke Quartet Emilie Mayer: Symphony No 4 Chandos Presto
10.13 Loewe Alpenfantasie Linda Nicholson (piano) Carl Loewe: Piano Music Volume 1 Toccata Classics Presto
19.36 Emilie Mayer Piano Concerto 3rd Movt Neubrandenburg Philharmonie, Sebastian Tewinkel, Ewa Kupiec (piano) Emilie Mayer: Symphony No 4 Chandos Presto
29.07 Wagner Lohengrin Prelude to Act 3 Philadelphia Orchestra, Christian Thielemann Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, etc. DG Presto
32.38 Liszt Piano Concerto No 1 1st Mvt Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Kurt Masur, Michel Béroff (piano) 100 Best Liszt Warner Classics Presto
38.23 Emilie Mayer Symphony 5(&) in F Minor Kammersymphonie Berlin, Jurgen Bruns Mayer: Symphony No. 5 / Hensel: Hero und Leander / Le Beau: Piano Concerto Op. 37 Dreyer Gaido Amazon
50.21 Sarah Wallin Huff Courage Triptych 1: A Garden Prayer Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra,
Petr Vronský
Vit Mužik (violin), Lucie Kaucka (piano), Jakub Lâtal (violin), Jaroslav Kužela (soprano saxophone)
Soul of the Machine: Sarah Wallin Huff PARMA Recordings Presto
55.34 Rosanna Scalfi Marcello Cantata 3: Aria – Clori No Sempre Nel Core Darryl Taylor (counter-tenor), Ann Marie Morgan (baroque cello), Deborah Fox (theorbo), Jory Vinikour (harpsichord) Scalfi Marcello: Complete Solo Cantatas Naxos Presto
1.00.02 Scarlatti Con Qual Cor Mi Chiedi Pace Max Emanuel Cenčić (counter-tenor), Yasunori Imamura (theorbo), Aline Zylberajch (fortepiano), Maya Amrein (cello) D Scarlatti: Cantatas Capriccio Presto
1.05.03 Jeanne Leleu Suite Symphonique Pour Instruments A Vent Et Piano Orchestre d’Harmonie du Conservatoire de Maastricht Anthologie des musiques originales pour orchestre à vent au XXème siècle – Femmes Compositeurs, Vol. 5 (Anthology of wind band music 20th Century Women Composers Vol. 5) Cristal Records Amazon
1.08.04 Florence Collin Les Catacombes De Pompei Orchestre d’Harmonie du Conservatoire de Maastricht Anthologie des musiques originales pour orchestre à vent au XXème siècle – Femmes Compositeurs, Vol. 5 (Anthology of wind band music 20th Century Women Composers Vol. 5) Cristal Records Amazon
1.15.53 Ida Gotkovsky Concerto Pour Grand Orchestra Et Saxophone 3rd Mvt Orchestre d’Harmonie du Conservatoire de Maastricht Anthologie des musiques originales pour orchestre à vent au XXème siècle – Femmes Compositeurs, Vol. 5 (Anthology of wind band music 20th Century Women Composers Vol. 5) Cristal Records Amazon
1.27.07 Mayerl Marigold Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gary Carpenter Billy Mayerl: Aquarium Suite and other works Marco Polo Presto

 

The Daffodil Perspective 9th April 2019

 

Tracklist

Airtime Composer Work Performer Album Label Link to Buy
0 Strauss Sr Radetzky March Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy
Johann Strauss: Greatest Hits Sony Presto
4.42 Cheryl Frances-Hoad Quark Dances Paul Hoskins, Rambert Orchestra Stolen Rhythm: Works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad Champs Hill Records Presto
17.27 Higgins Atomic Cafe Paul Hoskins, Rambert Orchestra Flux: New Music – new dance NMC Presto
28.52 Dobson Backlash Simon Dobson Euneirophrenia None Bandcamp
33.53 Cheryl Frances-Hoad One Life Stand 1. Brief Encounter Joseph Middleton, Jennifer Johnston You promised me everything Champs Hill Records Presto
38.2 Wigglesworth Augenlieder 1. Eurydice to Orpheus Hallé Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth, Claire Booth (soprano) Wigglesworth: Echo and Narcissus NMC Presto
41.45 Cheryl Frances-Hoad The Ogre Lover Lendvai String Trio The Glory Tree Champs Hill Records Presto
50.38 Anne Dudley Suite from Poldark Anne Dudley
Chamber Orchestra of London, Chris Garrick (violin)
Poldark (Deluxe Version) Sony Presto
56.25 David Arnold & Michael Price Sherlocked Michael Price, David Arnold Sherlock – Series 2 (Soundtrack from the TV Series) Silva Screen Records Presto
1.00.22 Rachel Lee Guthrie Nocturne Dmitry Tavanets (piano) Exploring the Heart Ravello Records Presto
1.07.00 Augusta Holmes Fantaisie Il Cenacolo della Chimera, Claudia Bracco, Luigi Magistrelli Clarinet Repertoire of Women Composers VDE-Gallo Presto
1.13.38 Marie Grandval Deux Pieces Il Cenacolo della Chimera, Claudia Bracco, Luigi Magistrelli Clarinet Repertoire of Women Composers VDE-Gallo Presto
1.21.47 Fanny Mendelssohn Traum Il Cenacolo della Chimera, Claudia Bracco, Luigi Magistrelli Clarinet Repertoire of Women Composers VDE-Gallo Presto
1.25.02 Offenbach Infernal Galop Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice, Johannes Wildner Cinema Classics Vol 11 Naxos Presto

 

The Daffodil Perspective 26th March 2019

So much exciting music on the show to share this week.

Composer Of The Week – Henriette Renie

Exploring her life and work along with friends Pierne and Grandjany.

Music from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and wind band music from Nigel Hess

Fun With Florence

1st in a new monthly segment celebrating the life, work and legacy of Florence Price. This week featuring a very special recording by Samantha Ege.

Contemporary Corner

This week showcasing brand new song cycle Cracked Voices by Jenni Pinnock.

Album Of The Week

Something new this week, instead of 1 album I have 3 amazing new releases, each of a single composer.

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The Daffodil Perspective 19th March 2019

Composer of the Week – Dame Elizabeth Maconchy

This week exploring the music of 20th century composer Dame Elizabeth Maconchy along with friends Britten and Tippet.

Alos on the show I’ve got film music from Rachel Portman and Patrick Doyle plus music from Einaudi and Bartok.

Contemporary Corner – PARMA Recordings Monthly Residency

The first in a new monthly residency from record label PARMA Recordings. Every 3rd week of the month exploring music from one of their stunning single composer releases on their Navona imprint. This week music from Margaret Brandman.

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Album of the Week – Breaking Ground – A Celebration of Women Composers.

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Gender equality is for life, not just International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is upon us again and like every year there are tons of events, concerts and festivals going on all over the world to celebrate it.

The IWD website says this for 2019:

The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.

But what does IWD really mean?

Does it drive towards a more gender balanced world?

Or has the work been corrupted to create more inequality and more imbalance?

The IWD website states:

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

IWD is full of events promoting equality. One example is Women of the World festival at the Southbank. WOW brings together thousands of people for talks, workshops, concerts and many other events about women. WOW also showcases dozens of amazing organisations working to promote equality all year round. Last year they had demonstrations from a women’s wrestling group, networking events for women and a camp for girls to study rock music.

So, IWD is not just about celebrating the achievements of women, it’s encouraging people to work on equality all year round.

Now let’s examine IWD in the classical music industry. In 2018:

BBC Radio 3 scheduled an entire day of music by women composers.

ABC Classic FM in Australia played an entire 24 hours of women composers.

Cadogan Hall scheduled a concert entirely of female composers.

In 2019:

BBC Radio 3 and ABC are again playing an entire day of music by women composers.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales is playing a concert of female composers.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

So says the IWD website. It’s no doubt that BBC, ABC, Cadogan Hall and others do a great job doing the first part, celebrating the cultural achievements of women.

But what about the second part? Accelerating gender parity?

Let’s have a look at the rest of the year.

On ABC Classic FM music by women composers makes up 6% of all music played. (up from 2% in 2015.)

The official BBC stats are not published but the world average for radio programming and concert programming is 2%. That’s 2% of concerts a year featuring a woman composer. The BBC Proms stats for 2018 compiled by Women in Music show women composers made up 15% (21/133) of the number of composers. This is not number of works composed by women or total amount of performance time, which would both be undoubtedly much smaller percentages.

For example Sarah Walker’s Sunday Morning show on BBC Radio 3 plays 1 woman composer a week, out of at least 10 composers in a 3 hour show. Being optimistic means that’s 10% of music every week composed by a woman. (The number is probably lower and doesn’t account for actual airtime.)

Cadogan Hall are putting on about 100 concerts this year, at my count 3 of these concerts feature a woman composer.

Clearly these organisations fall short on the second part and do almost nothing the rest of the year to accelerate gender parity.

IWD should be a jumping off point to encourage more work on gender parity throughout the year. It shouldn’t be an excuse to shove all the women composers in one day and then continue marginalising them the rest of the year. That’s not gender equality.

Forbes magazine said last year:

BBC Radio 3 will spend International Women’s Day righting wrongs.

Radio 3 is slated to celebrate female composers excluded from the narrative of musical history.

Bearing in mind that the BBC are one of the organisations doing the excluding.

For example, BBC Proms has performed Dame Elizabeth Maconchy’s music 13 times while her contemporary Benjamin Britten’s music has been performed 94 times at the Proms.

Righting wrongs would be performing Dame Elizabeth Maconchy at least as much as Benjamin Britten all year round. Not playing her music once a year. Dame Maconchy and all the other hundreds of female composers have been and are being marginalised every day for decades, centuries in some cases. One day of programming is not righting this wrong. It is a step, and a very small one in the right direction but these organisations need to programme more women composers consistently throughout the year.

Also at what point on IWD do the BBC programme Louise Farrenc’s Symphony No 3 or Amanda Maier’s Violin Sonata and not think ‘Wow, this is amazing, we should play this more often’?

It’s the same with Black History Month. In classical music composers such as W.G. Still, Florence Price and Adolphus Hailstork should be played all year round. These composers are marginalised due to to deep institutional prejudice that can only be changed through constant and consistent programming, not a token performance once a year.

(Plus just pointing out black people invented blues, jazz, rock and roll, soul, disco, gospel, RnB and hip hop. Yet somehow the inventor of rock and roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, is only ever mentioned during BHM. Funny that.)

IWD started with a noble and worthy purpose of highlighting the achievements of women and encouraging increased dialogue on equality all year round. IWD itself promotes equality every day of the year and does amazing work.

However, too many other organisations seem to use IWD as an opportunity to put these groups in their boxes, only programme them on this one day and call it progress whilst contributing further to the inequality in the classical music industry.

Then the next year rolls around again and we’re celebrating the same ‘underrated and excluded’ composers again, brushing over the fact that they’re still excluded because the powers that be didn’t play them in the whole year in between. They wouldn’t be marginalised if they were performed more often all year round. And so the vicious cycle continues.

This IWD let’s remember this and work on creating gender parity every day of the year

The Daffodil Perspective radio show is pleased to play equal numbers of women and men composers, with equal airtime, every single week.

What can you do?