Monday Link Round Up: March 20, 2017

News to start your week!   We were just made aware of Gramophone‘s contribution in honor of International Women’s Day.  They’ve compiled a list of historic female composers that are worth listening to and – perhaps most notably – have decent recordings available.  This highlights an important issue of the lack of representation of works by women composers not just in concert halls, but in recorded media as well.  Read on here.   Musicologist and conductor Laurie Stras writes about her discovery of 16th century motets in The Guardian.  Stras argues that these works, which are anonymously published, are the works of the youngest…

Monday Link Round Up: December 5, 2016

News to start your week! On December 1 the Met Opera performed  L’Amour de Loin by Kaija Saariaho.  This historic Met premiere marked only the second time a work by a woman composer has been heard at the institution – the last being over a century ago.  Many great stories and conversations have already come out of this event, and I’m sure there are more to come!  Here are some highlights. David Patrick Stearns has a review on WQXR. New Music Box has a profile of Saariaho’s career that led to having her work heard in one of the greatest opera venues in…

The Verdict is In!

There has been a recent buzz about the list of the world’s top symphonies that Gramophone has put together. It seems to have taken many classical music enthusiasts by surprise that the top American orchestra (listed as number five) is the Chicago Symphony. The Cleveland Orchestra is listed as number seven. The story and complete listings can be found via NPR here. The rankings were determined after polling music critics from the United States, Europe and Asia who were asked to list their top 20 orchestras. James Inverne, editor for U.S. Gramophone suggests that the difference between Chicago and the…