#11: An Introduction with Outi Tarkiainen

The BBC Proms season has started! There’s a host of world premieres in the programme, so we’re running a series of very short introductions to some of the new pieces in this season. Our first introduction is to ‘Midnight Sun Variations’ by Finnish composer Outi Tarkiainen. The piece will be performed by John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic in Prom 22 on Sunday 4th August, alongside Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11. You can also hear our presenter, Leah, speaking in the interval for this concert!

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#8: An Interview with Samantha Ege

In this episode I’m with Samantha Ege, pianist and scholar. We’re discussing her research on the composer Florence Price, and writing the histories of women composers.

All the music on this podcast is performed by Samantha Ege, from her album Four Women. The pieces included are Vítězslava Kaprálová Sonata Appassionata (1st movement), Florence Price Piano Sonata in E Minor (1st movement), and Margaret Bonds Troubled Water. The album is available to buy from Wave Theory Records.

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#7: Short(ish) notes on Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel

We’re reviewing the opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell (composer) and Emma Jenkins (librettist). The opera sets out to tell the stories of the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper, in a bid to get away from what Jenkins describes as ‘patriarchal’ opera narratives told ‘from a male perspective’. We’re looking at how successful we think the opera was at managing this, and the problems and possibilities of writing ‘feminist’ opera.

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