Dream.Risk.Sing: Elevating Women's Voices Samantha Crawford & Lana Bode

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  • Libby Larsen (b. 1950): Love After 1950:
  • 1Larsen: Love After 1950: No. 3, Big Sister Says, 196702:46
  • Carsen Cooman (b. 1982): Gold into Diamonds:
  • 2Cooman: Gold into Diamonds: No. 3, Ballad03:29
  • Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956): Sycamore Trees:
  • 3Gordon: Sycamore Trees: My Mother is a Singer03:11
  • Judith Weir (b. 1954): woman.life.song:
  • 4Weir: woman.life.song: No. 1b, Breasts!! Song of the Innocent Wild-Child05:36
  • 5Weir: woman.life.song: No. 1c. Edge04:51
  • Charlotte Bray (b. 1982): Crossing Faultlines:
  • 6Bray: Crossing Faultlines: No. 1, In the Margins04:35
  • 7Bray: Crossing Faultlines: No. 2, Like a Drum01:52
  • 8Bray: Crossing Faultlines: No. 3, And Now Her Song05:35
  • Libby Larsen: The Birth Project:
  • 9Larsen: The Birth Project: No. 2, Pregnant02:49
  • 10Larsen: The Birth Project: No. 7, First Miracle00:51
  • 11Larsen: The Birth Project: No. 8, Superhero01:38
  • Rebecca Clarke (1886 - 1979): Infant Joy:
  • 12Clarke: Infant Joy01:31
  • Helen Grime (b. 1981): Bright Travellers:
  • 13Grime: Bright Travellers: No. 4, Milk Fever02:20
  • 14Grime: Bright Travellers: No. 5, Council Offices03:24
  • Florence Price (1887 - 1953): The Heart of a Woman:
  • 15Price: The Heart of a Woman01:44
  • Antonín Dvořák (1841 - 1904): Cigánské Melodie, Op. 55:
  • 16Dvořák: Cigánské Melodie, Op. 55: No. 4, Když mne stará matka02:22
  • Michele Brourman (b. 1947): My Daughters:
  • 17Brourman: My Daughters02:57
  • Total Runtime51:31

Info zu Dream.Risk.Sing: Elevating Women's Voices

dream.risk.sing wurde von der Sopranistin Samantha Crawford und der Pianistin Lana Bode mit dem Ziel konzipiert, oft ungehörte Geschichten über das Frausein zu erzählen, und zwar in erster Linie durch die eigenen Worte und die Musik der Frauen. Dream.risk.sing vereint Lieder über das Heranwachsen, den Körper, die Liebe, die Arbeit und das Vermächtnis, während ein spürbarer roter Faden die Zuhörer an die Einschränkungen der Freiheit erinnert, die im Leben der Frauen immer noch bestehen.

Um diese Thematik, die bei traditionellen Liederabenden kaum vorkommt, voranzubringen, haben Crawford und Bode neue Musik in Auftrag gegeben und anderes, oft unbekanntes Repertoire wiederbelebt. Das Album enthält einen neuen Liederzyklus von Charlotte Bray, neue Bearbeitungen von zwei Liedern aus Judith Weirs bahnbrechendem Zyklus woman.life.song, neuere Werke von Helen Grime, Libby Larsen und anderen sowie frühere Beiträge aus dem des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts von Rebecca Clarke und Florence Price.

Samantha Crawford, Sopran
Lana Bode, Klavier

Samantha Crawford
British Australian soprano Samantha Crawford is equally at home on the opera stage as she is on the concert platform, and who has been praised for her ‘crystalline tone and diction’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘fine cut soprano which brought singing of class’ (Opera).

Samantha made her operatic debut at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as Mrs. Coyle in Britten’s Owen Wingrave conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Subsequent recent roles include Ortlinde in Robert Carsen’s production of Die Walküre at Teatro Real, Madrid; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at West Green Opera House, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at Saffron Hall, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Garsington Opera, the title role in Suor Angelica at Théâtre municipal de Fontainebleau, Agathe in Der Freischütz for Blackheath Opera, Sieglinde in Die Walküre in concert in London, covered Ofglen in Poul Ruders’ The Handmaid’s Tale at ENO, as well roles at Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera, Hong Kong City Hall and Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Austria. Her performances at Teatro Real, both in Die Walküre and Claus Guth’s production of Parsifal, were filmed for television and DVD release and broadcast to cinemas across Spain.

In recital, her performances have included engagements at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Cadogan Hall and the Barbican. Recent performances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Gloucester Cathedral, Verdi’s Requiem at Southwark Cathedral, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder at Newbury Spring Festival, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder at the City of London Festival, and Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer at Milton Court.

In 22/23 season Samantha recorded and released her debut album, dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices, with pianist Lana Bode on Delphian Records. dream.risk.sing is an initiative that Samantha and Lana brought to fruition during 2021 and includes Charlotte Bray’s Crossing Faultlines, a song cycle exploring women’s experiences in the workplace which was commissioned especially for the project, and received its world première at Oxford International Song Festival in October 2021. In 2022, Samantha and Lana gave subsequent performances at The Barber Institute for Arts and The Bloomsbury Festival, London. dream.risk.sing the album features the first ever recordings of Crossing Faultlines, Libby Larsen’s songs from her The Birth Project and new arrangements of two songs from Judith Weir’s woman.life.song. It is supported by Arts Council England and the RVW Trust.

Lana Bode
is an American-British pianist, educator and artist producer, whose performance is ‘expertly calibrated’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘deeply examined’ (Gramophone). She is highly acclaimed for her performances of contemporary music and innovative cross-arts programming. She performs as a solo pianist and has shared the stage with singers and instrumentalists including Marcus Farnsworth, Alessandro Fisher, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Anna Harvey, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Lucy Schaufer and James Turnbull. She is also a member of the Tailleferre Ensemble.

A champion of new music, Lana has commissioned or premiered works by Terence Allbright, Charlotte Bray, Richard Barnard, Scott Eyerly, Kevin Malone, Zoë Martlew, Jeremy Thurlow and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Lana has also collaborated with composers Alison Bauld, Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Dove, Helen Grime, Sadie Harrison, Libby Larsen and Judith Weir.

Lana’s recital career has taken her from major London venues to festivals around the UK including Aldeburgh Festival, Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Snape Proms and Wigmore Hall. International engagements have taken her to the USA, France and Germany, and she can frequently be heard in live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

In 2019, she released her highly-acclaimed debut album I and Silence: Women’s Voices in American Song with mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons. 2023 saw the release of two further discs: There are things to be said with the Tailleferre Ensemble, and dream.risk.sing: elevating women’s voices with soprano Samantha Crawford.

Lana holds a BMus with High Distinction from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and an MMus with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was awarded the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was the inaugural winner of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist award, resulting in a year-long residency at Snape Maltings under the mentorship of Roger Vignoles.

Lana is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Virginia Woolf & Music concert project, and a member of faculty at Eltham College and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Lana’s work is supported by Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, Leverhulme Trust, Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust and Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust.

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