Judy Collins – Antonia: A Portrait Of A Woman Soundtrack (CD)

Antonia: A Portrait Of A Woman Soundtrack (CD)

  • The first official soundtrack to the 1974 Oscar nominated music documentary about pioneering female conductor Antonia Brico!
  • Continas classical works by composers who inspired Antonia including a 31-minute Rachmaninoff piano concerto conducted by Antonia!
  • Also includes songs by Judy Collins specially selected for inclusion by Collins!

Antonia Brico (June 26, 1902 – August 3,1989) was a conductor and pianist.Brico was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She and her foster parents immigrated to the United States in 1908 and settled in California.On leaving high school in Oakland in 1919 she was already an accomplished pianist and had experience in conducting. At the University of California, Berkeley, Brico worked as an assistant to the director of the San Francisco Opera. Following her graduation in 1923 she studied piano under a variety of teachers,most notably under Sigismund Stojowski.This documentary film about Brico's life by director Jill Godmilow, with help from Brico's former student, Judy Collins, appeared in1974.

The film was partially responsible for invitations for Brico to conduct the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in sold-out concerts recorded by Columbia Records in 1975, and the Brooklyn Philharmonia in 1977. Brico died in 1989 after a long illness at the age of 87.She had lived at the Bella Vita Towers, a nursing home in Denver since 1988. History Colorado, formerly the Colorado Historical Society, holds a large collection of her personal papers.