Three Centuries Of Women Composers [Afternoon Concert]

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01Monday20210308For the first time, every note in Afternoon Concert this week is written by a woman. In recordings from all of the BBC orchestras and choirs, we celebrate female creativity spanning 300 years and traversing the globe. From the eighteenth-century Italian violinist & composer Maddalena Sirmen to contemporary composers Linda Catlin Smith and Onute Narbutaite from Canada and Lithuania. Plus recordings from the rich archives of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme, including Ethel Smyth's epic double concerto, written in 1927. Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Elfrida Andrée: Concert overture in D major
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Chloe van Soeterstede, conductor

c.2.15pm
Judith Weir: Tiger under the table
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgards, conductor

c.2.30pm
Ethel Smyth: Concerto for violin, horn and orchestra
Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn
Elena Urioste, violin
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Daniel Blendulf, conductor

c.2.55pm
Linda Catlin Smith: Nuages
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov, conductor

c.3.15pm
Ruth Gipps: Symphony no. 3, op.57
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Rumon Gamba, conductor

c.3.55pm
Onute Narbutaite: La Barca
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor

c.4.10pm
Maddalena Sirmen: String Quartet no. 5 in F minor
Aris Quartet

c.4.30pm
Morfydd Owen: Nocturne
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Perry So, conductor

Music written by women spanning nearly 300 years, performed by the BBC orchestras.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

02Tuesday20210309Music by contemporary women composers from across the world interspersed with works by twentieth century trailblazers from the UK: Grace Williams, Dorothy Howell and Minna Keal, performed by the BBC Orchestras. Grace Williams is generally regarded as Wales's most notable female composer, and the first British woman to score a feature film. Dorothy Howell was championed by Sir Henry Wood but after Proms performances throughout the 1920s was all but forgotten until about a decade ago. Minna Keal studied at the RAM in the 1920s, and then pretty much stopped her musical career, only returning to it when she was in her 80s. Her music was performed at the Proms in 1989 when she was 80: ‘I felt I was coming to the end of my life, but now I feel as if I'm just beginning. I feel as if I'm living my life in reverse’.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Grace Williams: Four illustrations for the legend of Rhiannon
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Perry So, conductor

c.2.25pm
Roxanna Panufnik: 4 World Seasons for violin and orchestra
Tasmin Little (violin)
Ulster Orchestra
Daniele Rustioni, conductor

c.2.50pm
Dorothy Howell: 2 pieces for muted strings
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Teresa Riveiro Bohm, conductor

c.3pm
Florentine Mulsant: Vocalise for solo viola, op.53
Lise Berthaud, viola

c.3.05pm
Dobrinka Tabakova: On the South Downs
Natalie Clein, cello
Truro Cathedral Choir
BBC Concert Orchestra
Christopher Grey, conductor

c.3.25pm
Augusta Read Thomas: Brio for orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

c.3.35pm
Outi Tarkiainen: Midnight sun variations
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgards, conductor

c.3.50pm
Minna Keal: Symphony
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Cleobury, conductor

c.4.20pm
Anna Clyne: Masquerade
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

c.4.30pm
Diana Burrell: Resurrection
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Geoffrey Paterson, conductor

Music by Roxanna Panufnik, Dobrinka Tabakova, Outi Tarkiainen and Diana Burrell

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

03Wednesday20210310The music of eighteenth-century Viennese composer Marianna Martines contrasts with contemporary British composers Joanna Marsh, Judith Bingham and Charlotte Bray performed by the BBC orchestras and choirs. Plus Jamaican-born, British-based Eleanor Alberga's oboe quintet 'Succubus Moon' in a recording by former Radio 3 New Generation Artists Alexei Ogrintchouk and the Psophos Quartet.
Presented by Hannah French.

Joanna Marsh: Flare
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor

c.2.05pm
Marianna Martines: Symphony
BBC Concert Orchestra
Johannes Wildner, conductor

c.2.20pm
Eleanor Alberga: Succubus Moon
Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboe
Psophos Quartet

c.2.30pm
Judith Bingham: Salt in the Blood
Fine Arts Brass
BBC Symphony Chorus
Thomas Trotter, organ
Stephen Jackson, conductor

c.2.55pm
Charlotte Bray: Falling in the Fire
Guy Johnston, cello
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor

Music by contemporary British composers Joanna Marsh, Judith Bingham and Charlotte Bray

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

04Thursday20210311Cecile Chaminade's little-known symphonic ballet Callirhoë provides our theatrical matinee this week, in which we celebrate female composers in recordings from the BBC orchestras. Plus music by British composers including Elizabeth Maconchy, Nicola Lefanu, Anne Dudley and Elisabeth Lutyens.
A prolific composer of piano miniatures and salon music, Chaminade’s contribution to the orchestral repertoire is all too often overlooked. Yet in her twenties Chaminade was taking Paris by storm with a very different style of music, writing large-scale chamber works, orchestral suites, ballet and opera. Conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra in this recording of her little-known symphonic ballet is Martin Yates, who painstakingly researched and edited the complete ballet music from various original scores. Don't worry too much about the convoluted plot depicting the love story of Alcmaeon and the captive princess Callirhoë; be reassured that all ends well and just luxuriate in the glorious music.
Presented by Fiona Talkington.

Cecile Chaminade: Callirhoë, ballet symphonique, op.37
BBC Concert Orchestra
Martin Yates, conductor

c.3.05pm
Elizabeth Maconchy: String Quartet no. 3
Signum Quartet

c.3.20pm
Nicola Lefanu: The Hidden Landscape
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Norman Del Mar, conductor

c.3.45pm
Augusta Holmes: Roland Furieux
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Valentina Peleggi, conductor

c.4.15pm
Anne Dudley: Northern Lights
BBC Concert Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor

c.4.30pm
Elisabeth Lutyens: Quincunx, op.44
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
Josephine Nendick, soprano
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Norman Del Mar, conductor

Features Cecile Chaminade's little-known symphonic ballet Callirho\u00eb.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras

05Friday20210312This week of music by women draws to a close with large-scale works by Germaine Tailleferre and Gloria Coates plus Lili Boulanger, Errolyn Wallen, Elisabetta Brusa and Sally Beamish, in recent recordings by the BBC orchestras. Wallen wrote PACE as a choral work, explaining that it is 'best understood as a single human breath; as a single line; as a world’s long, long journey to light'. This recording by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is the first performance of the composer's arrangement for brass ensemble. In 1923 Tailleferre, the only female member of the group of French composers known as Les Six, completed Le Marchand d'oiseaux for the Ballet Suédois, with a scenario, costumes and set designs by the woman artist and poetess Hélène Perdriat. Born in Wisconsin, Gloria Coates has been described as a having a personal sound world unlike any other in contemporary music. Her work includes 16 symphonies, varied chamber music, and solo, vocal and electronic compositions.
Presented by Hannah French.

Lili Boulanger: D'un matin de printemps
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Thomas Sondergard, conductor

c.2.05pm
Errollyn Wallen: PACE (version for brass ensemble)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor

c.2.15pm
Germaine Tailleferre: Le Marchand d'oiseaux
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Perry So, conductor

c.2.35pm
Kerensa Briggs: Media Vita
BBC Singers
Grace Rossiter, conductor

c.2.40pm
Gloria Coates: Symphony no. 11,’Philemon und Baucis’
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov, conductor

c.3.05pm
Leokadiya Kashperova: Cello Sonata no. 2
Anastasia Kobekina, cello
Luka Okros, piano

c.3.40pm
Ruth Crawford-Seeger: Andante for strings
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Stephanie Childress, conductor

c.3.45pm
Mared Emlyn: Porthor (Whistling Sands)
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
B. Tommy Andersson, conductor

c.3.55pm
Elisabetta Brusa: Firelights, op.13
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Stefan Solyom, conductor

c.4.05pm
Sally Beamish: Reckless
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Chloe van Soeterstede, conductor

A week of music by women ends with major works by Germaine Tailleferre and Gloria Coates.

Unique performances with BBC Orchestras, Choirs and other great orchestras