The story of Adam and Eve and the eventual Fall and exile from Paradise has been described as humanity’s most powerful myth. It has also set the stereotypes for how the genders are regarded, with women being portrayed by poets and painters as “Janus-faced” – on the one hand shy and innocent, on the other seductive and dangerous. It’s this reflection on the role of women in the world that is behind a fascinating and diverse collection of songs, woven together by Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska and British pianist Julius Drake for the new release Paradise Lost .

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The 26 songs in the collection all allude to the original sin myth using material from the early Baroque to late 20th...