"Society" Pianist Peter Mintun performs many forgotten songs from the first half of this century. His new CD is "Your's for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley." (Premier Recordings) Peter Mintun’s music is synonymous with San Francisco society. He has performed with symphony orchestras, entertained royalty, film and stage stars, and sometimes the composers themselves.
Ellen Pfeifer, music critic for The Boston Herald, reviews the brief career of cellist Jacqueline Du Pré, who died on Monday from the effects of multiple sclerosis. Her playing was a described as a mixture of elegance and ferocity. When the disease struck at the age of 26, it cut short one of the most promising solo careers in all classical music.
Siobhan Egan and Eileen Ivers, fiddle players who perform with "Cherish the Ladies," a touring ensemble of top Irish musicians. Both are American-born, and both emigrated to Ireland to pursue their musical education. Ivers earned All-Ireland fiddle champion honors for seven years in a row. They will perform a reel and a jig, accompanied on guitar by Mick Moloney.
Rock Critic Ken Tucker looks at several women rock musicians who reject female rock stereotypes and work in highly idiosyncratic and original styles. The groups and individuals includes the Sugarcubes, Jane Wiedlin and M.C. Lyte.
Blues singer and musician Bonnie Raitt. Raitt fell in love with the blues while attending college, and although it seems unlikely that a white girl from an upper class background would take a blues career seriously, she's since proved herself to be one of the country's top blues acts. Raitt's latest album is called "Nick of Time." (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Friday, March 3, 1989.)
Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new albums from singers Linda Ronstadt and Kate Bush. Ronstadt's is called "Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind," and Ken says it's a return to her early pop-rock sound. Bush's new work, "The Sensual World," continues what Ken calls her "lulling loopiness."
Singer and songwriter Carole King. In the 60s, she wrote hit songs like "Up on the Roof" and "Will you still love me tomorrow?" But in the 70s, she achieved lasting fame with songs like "Natural Woman" and her album "Tapestry," Best-selling album of the decade. Carole King has a new album, titled "City Streets." (Rebroadcast. Original date June 19, 1989.)
Singer Lesley Gore. In 1963, when she was only 16, Lesley Gore recorded one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history, "It's My Party, and I'll Cry If I Want To." Gore has stayed in the business since the 60s, and she's currently appearing at the New York City club, "Rainbow and Stars." Also, Rhino records has recently released a two record retrospective of her greatest hits. (Rebroadcast. Original date 10/25/91).