Tasmin Little plays Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth & Amy Beach | Chandos CHAN20030

Tasmin Little plays Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth & Amy Beach

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN20030

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st February 2019

Contents

About

The renowned violinist and exclusive Chandos artist Tasmin Little returns with a line-up of three women composers whose lives share some features but also significant differences that illustrate the complex lives of female musicians.

Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, and Amy Beach all came from families that encouraged their musical interests but balked, in varying degrees, at professional training and engagement. All three composers draw on the influence of Robert Schumann and Brahms; Beach and Smyth, in particular, were fond of metrical and motivic manipulation.

Tasmin Little plays this music, so close to her heart, with her usual warmth and dexterity. The manuscript of Clara Schumann’s final chamber work, Three Romances, declares it ‘for piano and violin’, an ordering reflected in the relative complexity of the parts, the florid passagework here played beautifully by Little’s long-term collaborator, John Lenehan.

Reviews

For a neglected Romantic violin sonata, being recorded by Tasmin Little and John Lenehan must feel like going to heaven. Neither the 1897 sonata by Amy Beach nor its slightly earlier counterpart by Ethel Smyth is new to the catalogue, but neither, surely, has ever been treated to anything like Little’s gleaming, endlessly fluid tone or John Lenehan’s warmly characterised, unfailingly sensitive pianism. ... A wonderful performance.  Richard Bratby
Gramophone March 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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