Alexandra Coghlan urges us to talk less and listen more when it comes to considering historical female composers, and in her disc selection she avoids the giants, highlighting instead some lesser-known figures
Today, on International Women’s Day, the classical spotlight will once again be turned full beam on female composers, both living and historical. As an industry we spend a lot of time talking about female composers of the past – about the difficulties they faced, the problem they represent, the challenging lives they led and the societal norms that account for their marginal place in the classical canon – but far less time actually listening to their music. Full story.
Alexandra Coghlan (Gramophone) / March 8, 2017