#20: An Interview with Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Today I’m with the composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad. We’re discussing her career and approaches to composition, with a particular focus on her songs Magic Lantern Tales, and her Piano Concerto Between the Skies, the River and the Hills. Admired for her originality, fluency and professionalism, Cheryl Frances-Hoad has been composing to commission since she was fifteen. Classical tradition […]

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#19: Short(ish) Notes on Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata

Today we’re looking at Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata in G minor, written just a year after she married Robert. She wrote two of the movements as a Christmas present for her new husband, and we delve into the history of the piece and their relationship.

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#18: An Interview with Douglas Shadle

Today I’m with Professor Doug Shadle from Vanderbilt University. We’re discussing American symphonies and orchestras, and the C20th music critic Claudia Cassidy. As a public figure in the classical music industry she faced considerable sexism, and we’re talking about what we can learn from her life and how we move conversations about gender forward.

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#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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