Feminine Fusion

May 7, 2017: Historical Women

Helen of Troy, painted by Gustave Moreau

Helen of Troy, painted by Gustave Moreau


“Is this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ileum.” – Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus


Women throughout history have inspired art in many forms: paintings, scupltures, plays, and music.  This episode of Feminine Fusion focuses on some of the music written to honor women who made their marks in the course of history.


“Historical Women”

Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Hélène (Overture)
Berlin Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
“Jacques Offenbach: Overtures”
Deutsche Grammophon 400044

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Farewell, you native hills and fields (from The Maid of Orleans)
Olga Borodina, mezzo-soprano
Welsh National Opera Orchestra; Carlos Rizzi, conductor
“Olga Borodina: Arias”
Philips 446663

Carlos Franzetti: Peron and Evita (from Corpus Evita)
San Francisco Camerata; José Luis Moscovich, conductor
“Corpus Evita”
Navona Records 6096

Virgil Thomson: Mother of Us All Suite (excerpts)
Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater; Steven Osgood, conductor
“The Mother of Us All”
Albany Records

Michael Daugherty: Rosa Parks Boulevard
University of Florida Wind Symphony; David Waybright, conductor
“Stravinsky and Friends”
Mark Records


Run time: 58:59

Feminine Fusion highlights the roles of women in classical music. Host Diane Jones brings you stories and music of the women who create, perform, and inspire. Produced in the studios at WCNY-FM.

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