Sarah Cahill, piano – The Future is Female, Vol. 3, ‘At Play’

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‘a series distinctive for its finesse and conviction’
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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:

The Future is Female, Vol. 3, ‘At Play’
Sarah Cahill piano
Released 28th April 2023

Hélène de MONTGEROULT (1764–1836)
Piano Sonata No. 9 in F sharp minor, Op. 5, No. 3 (1811)
1. I. Allegro spiritoso
2. II. Adagio non troppo
3. III. Presto

Cécile CHAMINADE (1857–1944)
4. Thème varié, Op. 89 (1895)

Grażyna BACEWICZ (1909–1969)
5. Scherzo (1934)

Chen YI (b. 1953)
6. Guessing (1989)

Franghiz ALI-ZADEH (b. 1947)
7. Music for Piano (1989/1997)

Pauline OLIVEROS (1932–2016)
8. Quintuplets Play Pen (2001)

Hannah KENDALL (b. 1984)
On the Chequer’d Field Array’d (2013)
9. I. Middlegame
10. II. Mindplay
11. III. Coda

Aida SHIRAZI (b. 1987)
12. Albumblatt (2017)

Regina HARRIS BAIOCCHI (b. 1956)
Piano Poems (2020)
13. I. common things surprise us
14. II. cockleburs in wooly hair/tiny pond
15. III. beatitudes
16. IV. a candle burns time

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


Press Quotes

“Highly enjoyable music… She is also an indisputably great pianist. Her playing illuminates each work, and shows it off in best possible light” (MusicWeb International)

“This album and its two predecessors belong in any serious collector’s library. If the future is indeed female, then this is a fine soundtrack. Listeners, performers, Brava!!”  (

“As with the previous volumes, Cahill impresses with her range of performances here, as well as in her choice of fascinating repertoire” (Classical Notes)

“Sarah Cahill plays a wide-ranging selection of music composed by women on the final volume of a series distinctive for its finesse and conviction” (Gramophone Magazine)

“To  choose repertoire is to be a kind of music curator. Ms. Cahill is a wonderful curator in addition to being an outstanding pianist Bravo” (Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review)

“Indeed, this whole project is a labor of love for Cahill. Her contribution to our understanding of music history is a significant one.” (Classical Voice North America)

“As with the earlier volumes, the listener is impressed by Cahill’s versatility and ability to capture the essence of each piece and illuminate it with eloquent playing” (

“Sarah Cahill has produced another winner, the third CD in her series The Future is Female.” (Music for Several Instruments)

“Kudos to Cahill for convincing performances of the music of all these diverse styles and composers, for giving them voice and for opening our eyes and ears.”  (The Wholenote)

“Kudos to Ms. Cahill and the folks at First Hand Records for bringing us some appealing music that we might very well otherwise never have had the opportunity to enjoy.” (Classical Candor)