[A sight for tired feminist eyes on the way into the office this morning: the concert announcement for Emmanuelle Haïm conducting the Vienna Philharmonic at TADW next week. Hell yes!]
The program (with the Vienna Philharmonic and Sandrine Piau) premiered last night at the Lucerne Festival (some news on the Concert d’Astrée FB page, which does not allow me to link to an individual post, but just scroll down here), which has a focus’ on women’s work this year (called “PrimaDonna”). E.g. program today: “Women of the Berlin Philharmic play works by women composers”,
and my first thought is: “Does the Berlin Philharmonic have enough women players by now, or it will it be an evening for solo harp and delicate sexist silence?!”
I have some unfriendly feelings about “special edition: women!” programs, but as long as there is still no equality in sight, I will take what I can get and Lucerne Festival discussing women in music and playing music by women composers? That is a very nice special edition.
Lucerne Festival also posted an insightful interview with Haïm on their blog, on the Vienna Philharmonic and conducting in general and “Early Music”, which she plans to stick with – thank you, universe. The interview is in German, but if you want a recent English version touching in similar issues, try this recent entry at Askona’s Holt.
As for the concert, srf.ch has it as an audio stream on demand for the next 30 days (it is downloadable, too, without much fanfare). I will refrain from listening in until after I have heard the live take next week (in Vienna the programm will feature Lenneke Ruiten instead of Sandrine Piau). There are also two special features (German/German dubbed over French) on the radio broadcast page: an intermission interview with Haïm, which clocks in at a generous 26 minutes overall, and a review debate (with journalist Teresa Vogl and musicologist Christine Fischer, hosted by Gabriela Kaegi).
Meanwhile, I’ll be listening to the interview rocking out to some Haïm conducting Händel (there are some soundbits featured with the Berlin Philharmonic, and it is so interesting to get the Haïm approach with the Berlin sonal color. It’s wild, in a way, as if painting Velazquez in Rothko colors), with a very Baroque “We can do it!” biceps flex. #feministfriday #earlymusiceveryday