First Ladies: Romantic Violin Sonatas by Andree, Bonis & Smyth | Toccata Classics TOCN0013

First Ladies: Romantic Violin Sonatas by Andree, Bonis & Smyth

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCN0013

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 20th August 2021

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One could hardly intuit from these fresh and flowing violin sonatas the obstacles their female composers had to face – family opposition for Mel Bonis in France and Ethel Smyth in England, professional bigotry for Elfrida Andrée in Sweden. It has taken a century and more for that initial prejudice to fall away, and they are now beginning to attract a fair hearing for their music. What ultimately matters, of course, is not whether composers are male or female but whether they write good music, and these three sonatas – melodically expansive, rhythmically vivacious, harmonically warm – point to the musical riches that further exploration of their creators’ output will uncover.

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