Sound Out Sunday 9 December 2018
Grace Williams is considered to be one of the finest ever Welsh composers. She studied with Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music, and was the first ever Welsh symphonic composer. She was also the first British women to write a film soundtrack and tonight violinist Madeleine Mitchell directs the London Chamber Ensemble for an album of Williams’ music including world premiere recordings. We’ll also hear the latest album ‘Verve’, from electro-acoustic composer Sebastian Plano.
The Ficino Ensemble is a unique and versatile group of performers whose members include violinist Elaine Clark and cellist Ailbhe McDonagh. Tonight we explore their debut album that features works of colour and shade by Brahms and Ravel, plus the title track ‘Winter’ by Garret Sholdice. We’ll also explore ‘Reasons of Madness’, a new collection of songs by the great composers from Carolyn Sampson and Joseph Middleton about vulnerable and exposed women. We’ll hear excerpts including Poulenc’s La Dame de Monte-Carlo, where an elderly female protagonist who has been unlucky at the gambling tables plans to throw herself into the sea.
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