Perspectives: Music for Violin & Piano by Zwilich, Kapralova, Price, Boulanger, Beach etc. | Delos DE3547

Perspectives: Music for Violin & Piano by Zwilich, Kapralova, Price, Boulanger, Beach etc.

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3547

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th November 2019

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The contributions of female composers have long been neglected.

Violinist Dawn Wohn and pianist Esther Park have begun to change that with Perspectives, a beautiful album featuring works from a vast variety of female composers including Nocturne by Lili Boulanger and Legenda by Vítězslava Kaprálová – both composers died tragically while in their 20s.

Commissioned especially for this album, Star-Crossed by Jung Sun Kang tells the story of two unlucky lovers. Deserted Garden and Elfentanz by Florence Price highlight the talents of this African-American composer whose works are just beginning to receive the attention they deserve.

This diverse release also includes works by Amy Beach, perhaps America’s best-known female composer, a two-movement piece by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and works by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Reena Esmail, and Vivian Fine.

Wohn and Park have been making music together since their days as students in Juilliard’s Pre-College programme. This exceptional album will almost certainly introduce listeners to some pieces they have never heard and expand the horizons for the great diversity in works by female composers.

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