Sarah Cahill, piano – The Future is Female, Vol. 2, ‘The Dance’

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Released: 21 October 2022
Available as a DigiSleeve CD and to download or stream on all digital platforms

The Future is Female is a three-volume series which celebrates and highlights women composers from the 17th century to the present day. These recordings feature thirty compositions by women around the globe and includes many première recordings.

Composers in the series include Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Leokadiya Kashperova, Deirdre Gribbin, Mary Watkins, Fanny Mendelssohn, Germaine Tailleferre, Zenobia Powell Perry, Gabriela Ortiz, Hannah Kendall, Chen Yi, Teresa Carreño, and many others.

The three volumes are:
Vol. 1: In Nature
Vol. 2: The Dance
Vol. 3: At Play

The Future is Female, Vol. 2, ‘The Dance’
Sarah Cahill piano

Elisabeth JACQUET DE LA GUERRE (1665–1729)
Les Pièces de Clavecin (1687)
Suite No. 1 in D minor
1. I. Prelude
2. IV. Courante II
3. V. Sarabande
4. VIII. Chaconne L’inconstante
5. VI. Gigue

Clara SCHUMANN (1819–1896)
6. Variations, Op. 20 (1853)

Germaine TAILLEFERRE (1892–1983)
Partita (1957)
7. I. Perpetuum Mobile
8. II. Notturno
9. III. Allegramente

Zenobia POWELL PERRY (1908–2004)
10. Rhapsody (1960)

Madeleine DRING (1881–1947)
Colour Suite (1963)
11. IV. Blue Air
12. V. Brown Study

Betsy JOLAS (b. 1926)
13. Tango SI (1984)

Elena KATS-CHERNIN (b. 1957)
14. Peggy’s Rag (1996)

Meredith MONK (b. 1942)
15. St. Petersburg Waltz (1997)

Gabriela ORTIZ (b. 1964)
Preludio y Estudio No. 3 (2011)
16. Prelude
17. Estudio

Theresa WONG (b. 1976)
18. She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees (2019)

Recording venue: St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere, California, 15–28 August 2021
Produced and engineer by Matt Carr

Press Quotes

‘Recording of the Month’ (MusicWeb International)

“This is a wonderful, enlightening recording and I look forward to hearing the others in this series.” (American Record Guide)

“Sarah Cahill, an eloquent new-music pianist, set her specialty aside in 2018 to present “The Future Is Female,” a series in which she explored works composed by women from the 17th century forward. She has turned these programs into three albums for First Hand Records.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“The pleasure of this album is the variety of styles on offer” (The Guardian)

“This disc is a revelation, and is wholeheartedly recommended.” (RECOMMENDED, ‘Recording of the Month’, MusicWeb International)

“As with the fine first instalment, the American pianist takes us on a chronological journey that zips around the world, stitching together contrasting styles into an enjoyable musical patchwork… all played stylishly and straightforwardly by Cahill…”  (PERFORMANCE: ٭٭٭٭ / RECORDING: ٭٭٭٭ BBC Music Magazine)

“Praise must go to Sarah Cahill for her pianistic prowess and even more for her exhaustive research” (All About The Arts)

“Cahill demonstrates an impressive command of such a wide variety of styles” (Classical Notes)

“This is not just another piano recital recording, for Sarah Cahill is not just another pianist. Among other things, she is also a musical explorer, communicator, and advocate” (Classical Candor)