Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 - Featured Playlist: Leading Ladies II

It’s one of the most notorious glass ceilings in all of the arts—until Marin Alsop was hired as music director of the Baltimore Symphony in 2007, no woman had ever held that position in a major American orchestra. You read that right: 2007. Even crazier, she had another first in 2013 when she became the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms, a prestigious annual event in the U.K. with a tradition extending back to 1895.

As Alsop stated in her 2013 Proms speech, it’s shocking that at this point in history there are still so many firsts left for women to attain, even in the traditionally male-dominated world of classical music. But just as more women are shattering misconceptions of what a composer should look like, so too are more women taking up the baton to challenge antiquated notions on the podium.

We anticipate a future where there are no more firsts for women in music, and when any glass ceiling is a relic of history. But until that day when “maestro” is fully embraced as a gender-neutral term, we’ll keep celebrating the accomplishments of more Leading Ladies.

To hear the playlist, access NML as usual, go to the Playlists section, and select the Playlist of the Month folder under the Themed Playlists tab. If you are on your institution's premises, you may also be able to access it if you CLICK HERE.

1. Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah": II. Profanation
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Naxos - 8.559790
Marin Alsop, conductor
2. Matthew Hindson
Violin Concerto No. 1, "Australian Postcards": III. Grand Final Day
Lara St. John, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Ancalagon - ANC133
Sarah Ioannides, conductor
3. Duke Ellington
Three Black Kings: No. 3. Martin Luther King
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Naxos - 8.559737
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
4. Ethel Smyth
Serenade in D Major: II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Allegro molto
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Chandos - CHAN9449
Odaline de la Martinez, conductor

5. Gustav Holst
St Paul's Suite: IV. Finale, "The Dargason"
English Chamber Orchestra
Lyrita - SRCD336
Imogen Holst, conductor
6. Michael Abels
Delights and Dances
Harlem Quartet; Chicago Sinfonietta
Cedille - CDR90000-141
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
7. Aram Khachaturian
Masquerade Suite: I. Waltz
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Melodiya - MELCD1002146
Veronika Dudarova, conductor
8. Traditional
Dance of the Snake
Wong On-yuen, erhu; Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Marco Polo - 8.225802
Yip Wing-sie, conductor

9. Alberto Ginastera
Estancia, Scene 5: Danza Final: Malambo
London Symphony Orchestra
Naxos - 8.570999
Gisele Ben-Dor, conductor
10. Arturo Márquez
Danzón No. 2
Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas
Sony Classical - 884977638905
Alondra de la Parra, conductor
11. Osvaldo Golijov
St Mark Passion: XIX. Agonia
Schola Cantorum de Caracas; Alberto Grau Cantonia; Passion Orchestra
Haenssler Classics - CD98.404
Maria Guinand, conductor
12. Jean-Féry Rebel
Les éléments, "Simphonie nouvelle": I. Le cahos
L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra
CPO - 777914-2
Michi Gaigg, conductor

13. Joseph Haydn
Mass No. 14, "Harmoniemesse": Gloria: Gratias agimus tibi
Trinity Church Choir, New York; REBEL Baroque Orchestra
Naxos - 8.572126
Jane Glover, conductor
14. Antonio Vivaldi
The 4 Seasons, "L'estate" (Summer): III. Presto
Iona Brown, violin; Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra
Haenssler Classics - CD98.107
Iona Brown, conductor
15. W. A. Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 21, "Elvira Madigan": II. Andante
Mitsuko Uchida, piano; Cleveland Orchestra
Decca - 00028947835400
Mitsuko Uchida, conductor
16. G. F. Handel
Dixit Dominus: De torrente in via bibet
Natalie Dessay, Karine Deshayes, sopranos; Philippe Jaroussky, countertenor; Toby Spence, tenor; Laurent Naouri, baritone; Le Concert d'Astree
Warner - 825646974610
Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor
17. Giuseppe Verdi
Aroldo, Act I: Ciel! Ch'io respiri
Montserrat Caballé, soprano; New York Opera Orchestra
RCA - 886972144023
Eve Queler, conductor
18. Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 1: III. Scherzo: Schnell
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Oehms Classics - OC633
Simone Young, conductor
19. Hans Rott
Symphony in E Major: III. Frisch und lebhaft
Mainz Philharmonic State Orchestra
Acousense - ACO-20104
Catherine Rückwardt, conductor
20. Sergey Rachmaninov
3 Russian Songs: No. 3. My cheeks, so white, so rosy!
Latvian State Choir; Nordic Symphony Orchestra
Warner - 825646199266
Anu Tali, conductor

21. Jón Leifs
Fine 1, "Farewell to Earthly Life"
Iceland Symphony Orchestra
BIS - BIS-CD-1050
Anne Manson, conductor
22. Kaija Saariaho
Circle Map: I. Morning Wind
Arshia Cont, reciter; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
RCO - RCO14001
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
23. Augusta Read Thomas
Jubilee: III. reverie: prayer for a departed friend
Juilliard Orchestra
Nimbus - NI6263
Xian Zhang, conductor
24. Michael Daugherty
Time Machine: II. Future
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos - 8.559613
Marin Alsop, conductor
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Laura Jackson, conductor 

Each month, Naxos Music Library presents a themed playlist for our subscribers to enjoy. We know that a database of over 2 million tracks can be a bit daunting, so we'd like to highlight some of the amazing music that is available to you. Let it kickstart discovery! 

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