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All Things Majestic

feat. Jennifer Higdon, Kaija Saariaho, Alissa Firsova, Unsuk Chin & Anna Clyne

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Welcome to this week's Grammofy Collection!

You may remember a few weeks back that when we presented ‘Standard Bearers’, our collection celebrating historical women composers, we promised you a second collection celebrating women composers of today. So, now, this is it! We've actually done something we haven't done before, as well, and named the collection after one of the works in it, Jennifer Higdon's All Things Majestic. Why? Because that particular title does just sum up what we feel about all the music and the composers here. So, what have we got for you? Well, to open and close with have two mighty orchestral works: the aforementioned All Things Majestic by Jennifer Higdon, and to close, Anna Clyne's Night Ferry. Then we've mostly stuck to large-scale forces for the collection as a whole – four out of our five are orchestral works – and we've done this to celebrate the fact that these days no female composer needs to be confined to instrumental groupings that can fit in a private drawing room. And in fact every single one of the orchestral works here was a commission from a major international symphony orchestra. Haven't times changed?! The other two orchestral works are Kaija Saariaho's Orion and Unsuk Chin's Violin Concerto. And then, just so you don't feel completely orchestra'd out, we've also got a choral Stabat Mater setting from Alissa Firsova, who's also the youngest composer on our collection, still in her twenties. These are five phenomenal pieces, so we hope you enjoy listening to them.

Curation: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

  • All Things Majestic

  • An introduction to Higdon — All Things Majestic

  • All Things Majestic Preview Only

    Jennifer Higdon

    Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony2016
  • An introduction to Saariaho — Orion

  • Orion Preview Only

    Kaija Saariaho

    Christoph Eschenbach, Orchestre de Paris2008
  • An introduction to Firsova — Stabat Mater

  • Stabat Mater Preview Only

    Alissa Firsova

    Harry Christophers, The Sixteen2014
  • An introduction to Chin — Violin Concerto

  • Violin Concerto Preview Only

    Unsuk Chin

    Viviane Hagner, Kent Nagano, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal2008
  • An introduction to Clyne — Night Ferry

  • Night Ferry Preview Only

    Anna Clyne

    Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra2012

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