A wonderful programme, with excellent orchestral works by women composers from three centuries, played by professional musicians from Basel and the surrounding area on International Women’s Day in the Martinskirche Basel. Who could resist?
Having played some of Carl Friedrich Abel’s works for solo bass viol in my student days and moved on to other territories, it’s been a revelation to (re)discover many wonderful compositions, beautifully crafted for the instrument, by him.
After the resounding success of frauenkomponiert 2015, a sequel is planned for 8 March 2016 with outstanding orchestral works by Emilie Mayer, Ethel Smyth, Junghae Lee, and Vítĕzslava Kaprálová.
The world premiere of Thüring Bräm’s baryton trio in the new version for cello took place on 21 June 2015 in the breath-takingly beautiful setting of Schloss Waldegg (SO), Switzerland.
On 8 March 2015, Jessica Horsley’s conducting debut in the Basel Stadtcasino ended with an extended standing ovation – no common occurrence in Swiss concert halls.
Telebasel filmed rehearsals for frauenkomponiert 2015 and interviewed conductor Jessica Horsley and lead violinist Jiří Nĕmeček about the significance of the project and the vision that inspired it.
In recognition of the significance of the Basel-based project frauenkomponiert, Sofia Gubaidulina has agreed to become its honorary president.