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Boldly Expressive! Music by Women
Albany Records U.S., 2000

Boldly Expressive! Music by Women features four premiere recordings of works by 19th- and 20th-century composers, expertly and expressively performed by Laura Kobayashi (Fairfax, Virginia), violin, and Susan Keith Gray (University of South Dakota), piano. According to the American Record Guide (2001), "Marie Grandval's mid-19th century sonata, unpublished until 1998, is a Schubertian romp; 'Midsummer Moon' by English composer Rebecca Clarke is a lovely piece of post-impressionism in the manner of Vaughan Williams, with a touch of Debussy; works by Johanna Senfter and Grazyna Bacewicz, from the mid-20th century, have a late-romantic glow. Recent works by Barbara Heller and Serra Miyeun Hwang are emotive and deeply personal; the former, variations on a banned Persian lullaby, memorializes women hostages in Iran in the 80s; the latter is an allegory of the composer's life, a search for stability during turbulent times that is also an apt emblem for the return to tonality."

Track List
(click links below to hear MP3 excerpts)

  Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979):
  1. Midsummer Moon

Marie Grandval (1830-1907):  Grande Sonate, Op. 8
  2. Allegro
  3. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
  4. Andante con moto
  5. Allegretto grazioso

Johanna Senfter (1879-1961):  Sechs kleine Stücke für Violine mit Klavierbegleitung, Op. 13
   6. Melodie
   7. Elegie

Serra Miyeun Hwang (b. 1962):
   8. Allegory

Barbara Heller (b. 1936):
   9. Lalai-Schlaflied zum Wachwerden?

Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969):  Sonata No. 5
  10. Moderato
  11. Nokturn: Andante dolcissimo
  12. Finale: Allegro inquietamente

 

Duration:  67' 17 "
Order #89:  $15.00

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