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Anna Shelest discusses 'Donna Voce' with KPR

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Interview with KPR's Michael Keelan

Donna Voce is Anna Shelest's first release featuring virtuosic repertoire by women composers from the last three centuries. The program sheds light on the under-explored territory of piano repertoire and makes the case that the music of female composers, many of whom were virtuoso pianists, is as relevant today as the music of their male counterparts. Works contained on the recording are by; Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cecile Chaminade, Amy Beach, Lili Boulanger, and Chiayu Hsu.

The Ukrainian pianist discusses these famous 19th-20th century female pianist composers with Michael Keelan. They also discuss the different roles each figure had in the musical life of her time and one present-day work for good measure.