Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Cure for Tchaikovsky fatigue
My July 2006 tribute to Ruth Schonthal still attracts a lot of readers. So here, as a counterbalance to BBC Radio 3's current Tchaikovsky overload, is a rare opportunity to hear Ruth Schonthal's music on one European radio station that is still not afraid to challenge its listeners.
Amsterdam based Stads FM broadcasts a weekly programme hosted by Patricia Werner Leanse and devoted to women composers and performers. Patricia, who is seen in my header photo, is a mezzo soprano from California. She has lived in the Netherlands since 1989, and also writes for the influential Dutch magazine "Opzij". Her recent recording of the complete vocal music of Marjo Tal with pianist Patrick Hopper (BVHaast # 0302) received considerable attention in Holland.
Radio Monalisa is webcast at 18.00h to 9.00h European Standard Time on Thursdays, and on February 15th broadcasts Ruth Schonthal's 1976 Four Epiphanies - follow this link.
Elisabeth Lutyens is another composer who has featured recently on Radio Monalisa. Now read about her walking with Stravinsky.
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