Wednesday, October 08, 2014

10 pieces I'd like to hear more often

Everyone seems to be doing "10 pieces of music you'd rather not hear again", which is funny but quite a negative kind of thing. Instead, here are 10 pieces I think we don't hear enough and that I would like to see popping up more often on concert and opera schedules.

Fauré. Whatever happened to Pénélope?
1. Fauré opera Pénélope.
2. Brahms Nänie, choral piece, utterly gorgeous.
3. Korngold Sinfonietta. Only ever heard it once live (beyond the ballet La ronde), and on that occasion it was played appallingly badly.
4. Bach Cantatas other than the Xmas one. Treasure-trove of genius.
5. Saint-Saëns Symphony No.1. It's a really good piece! And throw in his Violin Concerto No.1 too, please.
6. Schubert operas Alfonso und Estrella and Fierrabras.
7. Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera The Silver Tassie. Great piece. Needs to be done again. Ideal for WWI commemorations.
8. Rameau when it is not his anniversary.
9. Bartók's Divertimento for string orchestra.
10. Many, many, many good pieces by composers who happen to be women. They still are not getting enough of a look-in.
Speaking of which, please come to this fascinating afternoon that BASCA is putting on on 11 November at the Jermyn Street Theatre. I am chairing it and we'll have a panel of seven composers who happen to be women, each of whom represents a different generation. Starts 1pm & finishes at 2.45pm. More details and booking here.