Classical listening at home: Germaine Tailleferre; Ruth Gipp | Classical music

The prolific French composer Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) showed her sense of rebellion at an early age by changing her name from Taillefesse as a rebuff to her father, who opposed her musical ambitions. For too long his work has been neglected. In Germaine Tailleferre: Her Piano Works, Revived 1 (Grand piano) the pianist Nicolas Horvath embarked on a priceless project, including several world premiere recordings.

Frequenting artists’ circles in Montmartre in the 1920s, Tailleferre was the only woman in the group of composers known as Les Six (others included Francis Poulenc and Darius Milhaud). In her complete liner notes, Caroline Potter writes that Tailleferre composed on the piano, which makes it difficult to know how many works were starting points for other music: this disc alone has 55 titles, some of them combined in groups: Fleurs de France (1930), Suite in the style of Louis XV, and transcriptions by Monteverdi, Lully, Scarlatti and others.

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The versatility of the Monegasque Horvath (see her discography) lends itself to the chameleon Tailleferre: she goes from neoclassical to radical, from tonal to bitonal, from rhythmic and familiar to irregular and dissonant. Horvath is a great defender.

Ruth Gipps Winds of Change

Ruth Gipps (1921-1999) is remembered by many musicians who benefited from her tutelage or played in her various orchestras, but most know little of her five symphonies, her choral works or her chamber music. Her centenary last year redeemed her dusty profile – a pupil of Vaughan Williams, writing mostly in an old-fashioned pastoral mode – with more to go.

Led by the brilliant horn player Ben Goldscheiderleading soloists and London Chamber Orchestra have combined to produce Ruth Gipps: Winds of Change (Three worlds) conducted by Hannah von Wiehler: chamber music with horn, with Huw Watkins, piano, Mary Bevan, soprano and Ruth Rosales, narrator. The 10 works, some louder than others, reflect Gipps’ range of voices, colors and instrumental combinations, from the sparkling A Taradiddle for Two Horns, Op 54 (1959) to his final large-scale work, the Wind Sinfonietta, Op 73 (1989). Gipps is honored by these great players.

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Tomorrow on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, presented by Hannah French, the European Broadcasting Union Holy Week Music Festival opens with a live performance of Bach’s St. John Passion from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, conducted by Trevor Pinnock, at 1 p.m.

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