For 19th-century women like Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Clara Schumann, their social class determined their possibilities.
Fanny's long awaited journey to Italy with her husband and son lasted nearly a year and proved immensely fruitful.
As much as Fanny's travels stimulated her to write more music, it seems that Clara's itinerant existence as a performing artist stifled hers.
Clara wrote much of her music during her marriage to Robert Schumann when the demands of a large family and her husband kept her closer to home.
Presented by Donald Macleod.
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Die Schiffende
Susan Gritton (soprano)
Eugene Asti (piano)
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: January, September and December, from The Year
Carlo Levi Minzi (piano)
Clara Schumann: 3 songs for Mixed Chorus - Abendfeier in Venedig, Vorwarts, Gondoliera
Jason Lai (conductor)
Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
Despite a natural talent for writing light opera, Emmanuel Chabrier's obsession was grand opera.
Briséis was his last offering in the genre and was the work in which Chabrier saw himself as being modernist, raising the ideals of French opera above and beyond anything that had come before.
Donald Macleod examines the history of this opera and the reasons why Chabrier saw it as his crowning masterpiece.
Duo de l'ouvreuse de l'Opéra Comique et de l'employé du Bon Marché
Geraldine McGreevy (soprano)
Toby Spence (tenor)
Graham Johnson (piano)
Orchestra National de France
Armin Jordan (conductor)
Excerpt from Scene 2, Act 1 from Briséis
Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
Kathryn Harries (mezzo soprano)
Chorus of Scottish Opera
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jean Yves Ossonce (conductor)
Farmyard Songs: Ballade des gros dindons
Stephen Varcoe (baritone)
Villanelle des petits canards; Pastorale des cochons roses; Les Cigales
Felicity Lott (soprano)
À la Musique
Female Chorus of Toulouse-Midi-Pyrenees
Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse
Michel Plasson (conductor).