A Woman's Touch

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

This month WQXR has been featuring a program called “The Price of Admission, A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price”. On this week'’s All Ears, host Terrance McKnight continues to explore Florence Price'’s work. The show begin’s with her piano composition, Dances in the Canebrakes, and includes music by her student Margaret Bonds and her contemporary Amy Cheney Beach.

All Ears is All Women this week, and stretches from 19th-century composers Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn to contemporary conductors and composers Tania Leon, Joann Falletta, Valerie Coleman and Jennifer Higdon.

Playlist

Dances in the Canebrakes
Florence Price
William Chapman Nyaho, piano
MSR

Piano Trio, Op. 150
Amy Beach
Romantic Chamber Group, London
BIS

Troubled Water
Margaret Bonds
Joel Fan
Reference Recordings

Blue Cathedral
Jennifer Higdon
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Telarc

Concerto for Wind Quintet
Valerie Coleman
Imani Winds
Koch

Before I’'d Be a Slave
Undine Smith Moore
Maria Corley
Albany

Fanny Mendelssohn
Sonata in C
Sylviane Deferne
CBC

Fugues on Themes of J.S.Bach
Clara Schumann
Jozek De Beenhouwer
Partridge

Bata - by Tania Leon
Foundation Philharmonic Orchestra
David Snell, conductor
Atma

City Scape, river sings a song to trees
Jennifer Higdon
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Robert Spano, conductor
Telarc

Lili Boulanger
JoAnn Faletta
Of a Spring Morning
Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic
Koch

Lili Boulanger
Janine Jensen, violin
Itamar Golan, piano
Decca

Comments [2]

Herman Joseph from NYC

To Terrance McKnight

Thank you for your wonderful exploratory programs. The programs widen my perceptions and introduce me to new ideas.

About Hazel Scott---a great historical program. I remember her very well. Her TV show was transmitted from the old Wanamaker building --a magnificent abandoned department store building on the lower East Side which was transformed into a TV studio in the early days of television. I witnessed a rehearsal or taping of a program where she played the piano, sang and interacted with the crew who were experimenting with a special effect. She was the essence of dignity, beauty, intelligence, poise and serious musicianship.

I hate to do this since it is being picky but for the sake of accuracy the Bach two part invention that she played and parlayed into an incredible jazz improvisation was in a minor not e minor as you announced. Also another jazz improvisation you announced as Prelude based on Liszt was actually based on the famous c sharp minor prelude of Rachmaninoff. On this program you played the opening of Myra Hess' arrangement of Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring--did Hazel Scott record this since I collect CDs and would purchase the performance----In conclusion Scott was one of the great ones,

Again thank you for your unique programming--A loyal listener

Feb. 23 2014 12:36 AM
Les from Miami, Florida

Where's the program? All I hear is a violin playing a cakewalk followed by trance music.

Feb. 15 2014 05:42 AM

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