Unbounded: Music by American Women | Delos DE3599

Unbounded: Music by American Women


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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3599

Barcode: 0013491359922

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st September 2023



Unbounded: Music by American Women builds on the success of Perspectives, Dawn Wohn’s premiere album that showcased music by women from around the world.

Unbounded features Amy Beach’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, a major piece by an important composer. Works by two African American women, Dorothy Rudd Moore and Irene Britton Smith, bring little-known music before the public.

Moore’s Three Pieces for Violin and Piano are succinct, condensed statements that juxtapose playful and serious exchanges between the players.

Jennifer Higdon’s Smoky Mountain Air is a rhapsodic piece by the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music and three Grammy awards. Higdon is one of America’s most frequently performed living composers.

Irene Britton Smith’s Sonata for Violin and Piano is a substantial contribution to the repertoire. Neoclassical in style, the Sonata draws the listener in with its soaring melodies, wit and charm. Reminiscence, an unpublished work, has a Romantic feel and highlights the composer’s melodic gift.

Dawn Wohn’s and Emely Phelps’s performance on Unbounded is virtuosic and sensitive. The album will bring recognition to two African American composers whose outstanding compositions are yet to be discovered by most listeners. Amy Beach’s expansive Sonata is given a superlative presentation. The album offers an engaging combination of music from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, vividly presented by two exceptionally talented instrumentalists.

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