Here's Alexandra's piece, in which she asserts that women in music are being spotlighted for all the wrong reasons.
Here's mine, pointing out the inconvenient truth that sometimes affirmative action works...
In the late 1980s, my generation emerged from college believing we could have it all. We imagined the battle for ‘Women’s Lib’ had been won and we would be its beneficiaries. We thought that if we tried to put in place conditions for discrimination and prejudice to disappear, they would, by some kind of natural, progressive evolution. Ever since, we’ve been finding out how wrong we were.
That applies throughout society, of course, and classical music is no exception. With receiving top billing in the cinemas as I write, it’s clear that there is a preoccupation with these issues in the world around us right now – and with good reason...
|Emmanuelle Haim, who will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Lucerne.|
Photo: Simon Fowler, (c) Warner Classics