Tasmin Little plays …..
Amy March Cheney Beach: Sonata Op.34, Romance, Invocation
Clara Schumann: Drei Romanzen, Op 22
Dame Ethel Smyth: Sonata Op 7
Tasmin Little, violin, John Lenehan, piano
Chandos 20030 at £10 plus P&P (Available at £10 until 28 Feb 2019 then it will be at £11 plus P&P).
John Brunning’s Classic FM Drive Time CD of the Week (4 – 8 Feb 2019)
Artsfuse.org “You can hardly ask for more from violinist Tasmin Little’s new recording of neglected violin and piano pieces by mid- and late Romantic women composers. A terrific disc for the New Year, then: a couple of top flight artists providing just the type of advocacy one might desire for this unjustly maligned fare.”
About this recording ….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.