Top 10 contemporary works by women composers

A selection of recordings by just a few of the most stimulating of today's composers

No 1

Anna Clyne Prince of Clouds


'There’s an extremely clever sense of musical unity between two polarities' Read review


No 2

Helen Grime Night Songs


'A strong recommendation' Read review



No 3

Jennifer Higdon Violin Concerto


'An attractive, colourful work, scored most imaginatively and with great finesse' Read review


No 4

Sofia Gubaidulina In tempus praesens


'This darkly inviting music is splendidly performed' Read review


No 5

Kaija Saariaho L’amour de loin

(Harmonia Mundi)

'One of the most significant and successful operas of recent decades' Read review


No 6

Judith Weir The Vanishing Bridegroom


'An important omission in Weir’s recorded catalogue very decently filled' Read review


No 7

Charlotte Bray At the Speed of Stillness


'An expressive progression left tantalisingly in abeyance at the close' Read review


No 8

Augusta Read Thomas Aureole


'Scintillating and evocative as it touches upon more inward emotions near its close' Read review


No 9

Roxanna Panufnik Westminster Mass

(Warner Apex)

'I don’t think I will be alone after hearing this disc in begging for more of Roxanna Panufnik in the catalogue.' Read review


No 10

Alissa Firsova Stabat mater


'A quiet, luminous ecstasy in slow-moving textures' Read review


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