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Yellow Lounge: Women of Achievement

In honor of the International Women’s Day DG offers this special edition of the Yellow Lounge as a gift to all our fans and customers.

We’re kicking off World Women’s Day together with our friends in Asia-Pacific at midnight (GMT+12).

Yellow Lounge on International Women’s Day opens with a performance by soprano Nadine Sierra in which Broadway and opera share equal billing. She begins with “Take care of this house”, a gem from Leonard Bernstein’s little-known musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, then turns to the irresistible “I could have danced all night” from Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Two other evergreens conclude her set: “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and “Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.

Deutsche Grammophon’s latest signing, the charismatic harpist Magdalena Hoffmann, launches her solo set by introducing Yellow Lounge viewers to Danse des lutins by Henriette Renié (1875-1956), a towering figure of the harp world as performer, composer and teacher. Clara Schumann’s Notturno and “La danse du Moujik” by French harpist Marcel Tournier follow.

Violinist Bomsori, another recent DG signing, performs the famous “Méditation” from Massenet’s opera Thaïs – accompanied by Hoffmann – before paying tribute to one of Poland’s finest composers. Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-69) graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory in composition and violin and continued her studies in interwar Paris with Nadia Boulanger. She drew inspiration for Oberek No.1 from the heritage of Polish folk music. Bomsori also plays Romance, Op.23 by Amy Beach (1867-1944), recognised during her lifetime as the foremost woman composer in the United States.

Soprano Hera Hyesang Park performs “Like the Wind that Met with Lotus” by Joowon Kim (b.1984), with Sophia Munoz at the piano. The song was a hit track on the singer’s recent DG debut album, I am Hera. Another piece from the album follows: “Una voce poco fa” from Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Hera concludes her set with the last of Clara Schumann’s Six Lieder, Op.13, “Die stille Lotosblume”.

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