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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Read More #19: Short(ish) Notes on Clara Schumann’s Piano Sonata
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.
Read More #18: An Interview with Douglas Shadle
This week we’re reviewing a new CD featuring the piano concertos of British composers Dora Bright and Ruth Gipps. The CD is from Somm Recordings, featuring pianists Samantha Ward and Murray McLachlan performing with Charles Peebles and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Read More #17 Short(ish) notes on Dora Bright & Ruth Gipps
In this final introduction to world premieres at the BBC Proms, I’m talking to the composer Freya Waley-Cohen. Her work Naiad was premiered and broadcast on the 9th September, performed by the Knussen Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. The performance is now available via BBC Sounds.
Read More #16: An Introduction with Freya Waley-Cohen
In today’s introduction to world premieres at the BBC Proms, I’m with Dobrinka Tabakova. She’s introducing her new orchestral work Timber and Steel, which is premiered by Bramwell Tovey and the BBC Concert Orchestra on Saturday 31st August at 7.30pm, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.
Read More #14: An Introduction with Dobrinka Tabakova
The second in our Proms Introductions is with Errollyn Wallen. Her piece This Frame is Part of the Painting is performed by Elim Chan, Catriona Morison, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales on Thursday 15th August, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available afterwards on BBC Sounds.
Read More #12: An Introduction with Errollyn Wallen
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!
Read More #11: An Introduction with Outi Tarkiainen
In this episode I’m talking to Gabriella Di Laccio, founder and curator of the DONNE: Women in Music project. We discuss her career as a soprano, and how she came to set up a project championing music by women and supporting gender equality on concert programmes.
Read More #10: An Interview with Gabriella Di Laccio
The BBC Proms will be performing Lamia by Dorothy Howell this year, 100 years after Henry Wood gave the piece its world premiere at the Proms. In this podcast we explore Howell’s life, Lamia’s reception, and a little bit of Proms history (with a brief cameo by Julie Andrews).
Read More #9: Short(ish) Notes on Dorothy Howell & Lamia
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.
Read More #8: An Interview with Samantha Ege