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Alice Mary Smith: Symphonies, Etc / Howard Shelley, Et Al


Release Date: 03/22/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10283   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alice Mary Smith
Performer:  Angela Malsbury
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alice Mary Smith (1839-1884) had talent. The music on this disc proves that this particular female British composer was not content to merely match the comparative dullness of her male compatriots. The two symphonies on display here, both appealingly based in minor keys, reveal a skilled handling of the orchestra (particularly wind instruments in the two slow movements), a sure command of form, far from routine use of harmony, and a winsome melodic gift. When it comes to models and inspiration, the booklet notes of course suggest Mendelssohn, but I would go back a bit farther, perhaps to Mozart or Schubert--not just because of the woodwind writing, nor because of the music's inherent conservatism, but rather because of its suppleness and Read more elegance, recalling perhaps the two symphonies of Gounod, or Bizet's Symphony in C. If you enjoy any of those works, you will certainly find much pleasure here. The lovely Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra, an arrangement of a movement from the composer's Clarinet Sonata, once again reveals Smith's natural affinity for this most vocal of instruments, and Angela Malsbury plays it beautifully, as do her London Mozart Players colleagues and Howard Shelly. Fine sonics make this definitely worth a listen: it's good music, plain and simple.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in A minor by Alice Mary Smith
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Romantic 
2.
Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra by Alice Mary Smith
Performer:  Angela Malsbury (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872 
3.
Symphony in C minor by Alice Mary Smith
Conductor:  Howard Shelley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1863 

Sound Samples

Symphony in A minor: I. Allegro
Symphony in A minor: II. Andante
Symphony in A minor: III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
Symphony in A minor: IV. Allegro
Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra
Symphony in C minor: I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
Symphony in C minor: II. Allegretto amorevole
Symphony in C minor: III. Allegro ma non troppo - Poco meno mosso - Tempo I
Symphony in C minor: IV. Allegro maestoso

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