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 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
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:
Album Of The Week 2
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.