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Women Of Note - Beach, Boulanger, Clarke, Gubaidulina, & Others

Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7603   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Fanny Mendelssohn-HenselThea MusgraveEllen Taaffe ZwilichGalina Ustvolskaya,   ... 
Performer:  Jennifer EleyAlexa StillDavid ArdenLee Chi-Fun,   ... 
Conductor:  Nicholas BraithwaiteJames SedaresJoel RevzenJoAnn Falletta,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Chamber OrchestraLouisville OrchestraSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra members,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Clara Schumann's recently recovered G-Minor Sonata['s]...bold gestures and the strong development of its ideas, especially in the substantial and stormy first movement, offer plenty of rewards, both emotional and intellectual... And while the excerpts from Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's The Year fit more comfortably into the orthodox parameters of music for (advanced) domestic use, they do so with exquisite polish... Highly recommended to anyone intrigued by the repertoire.

-- Peter J. Rabinowitz, FANFARE [9/1996]
reviewing the Jennifer Eley performances of Schumann and Mendelssohn-Hensel, originally released on Koch 7197

Lasting a shade under twenty minutes, Zwilich's Third Symphony is
Read more large in scale. Sinewy, assertive and confident, it is very much in the tradition of the Great American Third Symphonies of the 30s and 40s. As is the case with some of her music from the past decade or so, Shostakovich is the muse in some of the symphony's timbres, rhythms, power, and intensity... Marked Largo, the third movement cyclically revisits the first. Its midsection is strikingly dark and somber... This CD is a release of a major importance. Top recommendation.

-- Benjamin Pernick, FANFARE [9/1995]
reviewing the Zwilich 3rd Symphony, originally released on Koch 7278

The great find of this release, however, and reason to rush out and buy it, is Galina Ustvolskaya. Born in 1919, one of the most important students of Shostakovich, and longtime resident of St. Petersburg, her music is fiercely original. I find myself almost at a loss for words to describe it. Simple motives are reiterated and developed with a sort of hypnotic force, but the os.tinati are never “cheap.“ Every gesture seems won through a titanic struggle. This is deeply spiritual music, but informed as much by anguish as transcendence... [B]y the 1988 sonata, Ustvolskaya is completely her own composer. It is only six and a half minutes long, but its thunderous, relentless low clusters (brutal sound-masses, yet still full of harmonic meaning) make it unique among piano music I have heard over the last decade, and its intensity suggests a piece far larger than its real-time duration. Though I have heard some of her music over the radio, and though I know a boomlet of her music is emerging on CD, this is my first encounter with Ustvolskaya on disc, and it has been shattering, the type of discovery that adventurous listeners dream of.

-- Robert Carl, FANFARE [11/1995]
reviewing the Ustvolskaya 6th Sonata, originally released on Koch 7301 Read less

Works on This Recording

Das Jahr: Mai by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Performer:  Jennifer Eley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; Germany 
Orfeo II: Orfeo Laments by Thea Musgrave
Performer:  Alexa Still (Flute)
Conductor:  Nicholas Braithwaite
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Scotland 
Symphony no 3: Largo by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Conductor:  James Sedares
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Louisville Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Sonata for Piano no 6 by Galina Ustvolskaya
Performer:  David Arden (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USSR 
Pieces (3) for Cello and Piano: no 2, Vite et nerveusement rythmé by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lee Chi-Fun (Piano), Nina Flyer (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Sonnets (6) from the Portuguese: no 6, How do I love thee? by Libby Larsen
Performer:  Arleen Augér (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Revzen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra members,  Minnesota Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
D'un matin de printemps by Lili Boulanger
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bay Area Women's Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Missa Gaia "Mass for the Earth": Introit by Libby Larsen
Conductor:  Gilbert Seeley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Repertory Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991-1992; USA 
Sonata for Piano in G minor: 2nd movement, Adagio by Clara Wieck Schumann
Performer:  Jennifer Eley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1842; Germany 
Preludes (10) for Cello solo: no 1, Staccato - legato by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Preludes (10) for Cello solo: no 2, Legato - staccato by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Preludes (10) for Cello solo: no 3, Con sordino - senza sordino by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Preludes (10) for Cello solo: no 4, Ricochet by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer:  Maya Beiser (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USSR 
Specimen Days: Travel Song by Meredith Monk
Performer:  Anthony de Mare (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Fantasy Movements (3) for Cello and Orchestra: no 2, Slow by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Nina Flyer (Cello)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971/1993; Canada 
Concertino for Harp and Orchestra: 1st movement, Allegretto by Germaine Tailleferre
Performer:  Gillian Benet (Harp)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bay Area Women's Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; France 
Sonata for Viola/Cello and Piano: 1st movement, Impetuoso by Rebecca Clarke
Performer:  Pamela Frame (Cello), Barry Snyder (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; England 
Ballade for Piano in D flat major, Op. 6 by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Virginia Eskin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1894; USA 

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