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All Things Majestic
feat. Jennifer Higdon, Kaija Saariaho, Alissa Firsova, Unsuk Chin & Anna Clyne
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.
All Things Majestic
An introduction to Higdon — All Things Majestic
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Jennifer HigdonGiancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony — 2016
An introduction to Saariaho — Orion
Orion Preview Only
Kaija SaariahoChristoph Eschenbach, Orchestre de Paris — 2008
An introduction to Firsova — Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater Preview Only
Alissa FirsovaHarry Christophers, The Sixteen — 2014
An introduction to Chin — Violin Concerto
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Unsuk ChinViviane Hagner, Kent Nagano, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal — 2008
An introduction to Clyne — Night Ferry
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Anna ClyneRiccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra — 2012