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Women composers with Natasha Loges and Andrew McGregor

Natasha Loges celebrates key female composers and explains why you need to hear them, plus the best of recent classical releases.

Natasha Loges celebrates key female composers and explains why you need to hear them, plus the best of recent classical releases

Natasha joins Andrew to talk about key women composers, from 17th century nun Caterina Assandra to music of the last hundred years, by way of Fanny Mendelssohn, Lili Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke, recommending the key recordings to buy or stream

Proms Recording:
To round off each edition of Summer Record Review, Andrew introduces the Building a Library recommendation of a major work featured in this year's BBC Proms:
Sonata no.52 in E flat, Hob.XVI:52
Dejan Lazic, piano

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in D major Op.3`6

    Ensemble: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Performer: Clemens Flick.
    • Handel: Concerti grossi, Op. 3.
    • 22-23.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout' (5th mvt)

    Performer: Yann Dubost. Performer: Christoph Eschenbach. Ensemble: Thymos Quartet.
    • Avie.
  • George Crumb

    The Fiddler by Marc Chagall (Metamorphoses, Book I)

    Performer: Marcantonio Barone.
    • Bridge.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Der Zwerg (extract)

    Singer: Elena Tsallagova. Singer: David Butt Philip. Orchestra: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • Naxos.
  • Fanny Mendelssohn

    String Quartet in E flat major (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Minna Keal

    Concerto for cello and orchestra: i.Maestoso

    Performer: Alexander Baillie. Performer: Martina Baillie. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Keal: Cello Concerto.
    • NMC.
    • 1.
  • Lili Boulanger


    Performer: Myra Huang. Singer: Nicholas Phan.
    • Avie.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Nous nous aimerons tant (Clairières dans le ciel)

    Performer: Myra Huang. Singer: Nicholas Phan.
    • Avie.
  • Caterina Assandra

    Duo Seraphim (Motetti à due, & tre voci, Op. 2)

    Ensemble: I Gemelli. Conductor: Emiliano Gonzalez‐Toro.
    • Naive.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Piano Trio

    Ensemble: Neave Trio.
    • Chandos.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a

    Performer: Javier Negrín. Orchestra: Beethoven Philharmonie. Conductor: Thomas Rösner.
    • Odradek Records.
  • Penelope Thwaites

    Shakespeare Songs (Nos. 3 & 4)

    Performer: Penelope Thwaites. Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: William Dazeley. Ensemble: Ex Cathedra. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • Somm.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Dark Pastoral

    Performer: Dai Miyata. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • MDG.
  • Luigi Dallapiccola

    Il Prigioniero (Act 1, Scene 1)

    Singer: Anna Maria Chiuri. Choir: DR KoncertKoret. Orchestra: Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Erik Satie

    Vexations (extract)

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • Satie: Piano Music, Vol. 3.
    • BIS.
    • 1-4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Trio No. 4 in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 "Gassenhauer" (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Beethoven Trio Bonn.
    • Beethoven: Gassenhauer Trio & Symphony No. 6.
    • CAvi-music.
    • 2.
  • Leopold van der Pals

    Suite from the Music for "Mönch Wanderer" (mvts 5 & 6)

    Orchestra: Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Fredrik Burstedt.
    • Pals: Orchestral Works.
    • CPO.
    • 13-14.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (FS76) 'The Inextinguishable' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Launy Grøndahl.
    • Danacord.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:52

    Performer: Dejan Lazić.
    • Channel.

Record Review



Handel: Concerti grossi Op.3

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Georg Kallweit (director)

Pentatone PTC5186776 (Hybrid SACD)


Schubert: Trout Quintet, Waltzes, Ländler

Thymos Quartet

Yann Dubost (double bass)

Christoph Eschenbach (piano)

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger (piano)

Avie AV2416


George Crumb: Metamorphoses, Book I

Marcantonio Barone (piano)

Bridge BCD9535


Zemlinsky: Der Zwerg

Elena Tsallagova (soprano, Donna Clara)

Emily Magee (soprano, Ghita)

David Butt Philip (tenor, Der Zwerg)

Philipp Jekal (baritone, Don Estoban)

Tobias Kratzer (director)

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Donald Runnicles (conductor)

Naxos 2110657 (DVD) and NBD0108V (Blu-ray)


9.30am – Natasha Loges with her Top 5 Women Composers


Recommended Recordings:

Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat major

The Nash Ensemble

Hyperion CDA68307


Minna Keal: Cello Concerto

Alexander Baillie (cello)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Martyn Brabbins (conductor)



Lili Boulanger: Clairières dans le ciel and other songs

Nicholas Phan (tenor)

Myra Huang (piano)

Avie AV2414


Caterina Assandra: Duo Seraphim, motetti à due, & tre voci, Op. 2 (from Cozzolani: Vespro disc)

I Gemelli

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (conductor)

Naive V5472


Rebecca Clarke: Piano Trio

Neave Trio

Chandos CHAN20139


10.15am – New Releases


Voices: Beethoven / Mozart

Chen Reiss (soprano)

Jan Petryka (tenor)

Paul Armin Edelmann (baritone)

Javier Negrín (piano)

Beethoven Philharmonie

Thomas Rösner (conductor)

Odradek Records ODRCD390


Penelope Thwaites: From Five Continents - Choral music and songs

Carolyn Sampson (soprano)

James Gilchrist (tenor)

William Dazely (baritone)

Penelope Thwaites (piano)

Ex Cathedra

Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)

Somm SOMMCD0612


Elgar: Cello Concerto & Vaughan Williams: Dark Pastoral

Dai Miyata (cello)

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

MDG MDG6502181


Dallapiccola: Il Prigioniero, 6 cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane & Estate

Anna Maria Chiuri (mezzo-soprano, La Madre)

Michael Nagy (baritone, Il Prigioniero)

Stephan Rugamer (tenor, Il Carceriere/Il Grande Inquisitore)

Adam Riis (tenor, Primo Sacerdote)

Steffen Bruun (bass, Secondo Sacerdote)

Danish National Concert Choir

Danish National Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

Chandos CHSA5276 (Hybrid SACD)


Satie: Vexations, Vol. 3

Noriko Ogawa (piano)

BIS BIS2325 (Hybrid SACD)


Beethoven: Gassenhauer Trio & Symphony No. 6

Beethoven Trio Bonn

Avi Music AVI8553114


Leopold van der Pals: Concertos for Violin, Piano & Cello & Mönch Wanderer

Gordan Trajkovic (violin)

Tobias van der Pals (cello)

Marianna Shirinyan (piano)

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Fredrik Burstedt (conductor)

CPO 555316-2


The Launy Grøndahl Legacy: music by Nielsen, Beethoven & Haydn

The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Launy Grøndahl (conductor)

Danacord DACOCD881 (2 CDs)


11.20am – Proms Building a Library Recommendation

Haydn: Piano Sonata in E flat, Hob.XVI:52
Reviewer: Iain Burnside, December 2018

Recommended recording:
Dejan Lazic (piano)

Channel CCSSA19703 (Hybrid SACD)


  • Sat 15 Aug 2020 09:00

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