Poster Ruth Gipps
English composer Ruth Gipps
Courtesy of the Gipps family, BBC
Performance Today®

Music to "heal all wounds"

English composer Ruth Gipps was born in 1921. Gipps founded two orchestras focusing on music by living composers, and she fought for the place of women among contemporary composers, conductors, and performers until her death in 1999.

On today's show, hear a piece that conductor Jessica Horsley describes as "...the sort of music that just makes everything alright in the world. It heals all wounds", the Symphony No. 2 by Ruth Gipps.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Paquito D'Rivera: Four Pieces for Brass Quintet: El Cura
Axiom Brass
Album: New Standards
Axiom Brass

Ruth Gipps: Symphony No. 2 Op. 30
Basel Sinfonietta | Jessica Horsley, conductor
Casino, Bern, Switzerland

Astor Piazzolla, arr. Dorival Puccini: Suite del Angel
Axiom Brass
Chamberfest Cheboygan, Cheboygan Opera House, Cheboygan, MI

Edvarg Grieg: Two Nordic Melodies Op. 63 No. 1: I folkstonestil  (In Folk Style)
Trondheimsolistene | Oyvind Gimse, conductor
Album: In Folk Style
Label: 2L 68

Hour 2

Samuel Barber: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor Movement 2: Adagio-Presto
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello | Isata Kanneh Mason, piano
Album: Muse
London/Decca

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op.  97 "Archduke": Movements 3-4
Orion Weiss, piano | Yura Lee, violin | Clive Greensmith, cello
Chamber Music Society Palm Beach, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach,  FL

Ruperto Chapi: String Quartet No. 1 in G Major: Movements 2-3
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL

Samuel Barber: Summer Music, Op. 31
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute | Stephen Taylor, oboe | Sebastian Manz, clarinet | Peter Kolkay, bassoon | Radovan Vlatkovic, horn
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center & Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA

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