One could hardly intuit from these fresh and flowing violin sonatas the obstacles their female composers had to face – family opposition for Mel Bonis in France and Ethel Smyth in England, institutional conservatism for Elfrida Andrée in Sweden. It has taken a century and more for that initial prejudice to fall away, and they are now beginning to attract a fair hearing for their music. What ultimately matters, of course, is not whether composers are male or female but whether they write good music, and these three sonatas – melodically expansive, rhythmically vivacious, harmonically warm – point to the musical riches that further exploration of their creators’ output will uncover.
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Durval Cesetti, piano
MEL BONIS (1858–1937)
Violin Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 112 (1922)
ETHEL SMYTH (1858–1944)
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op. 7 (1887)
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Catalogue No: TOCN0013EAN/UPC: 5060640070134Release Date: 20.08.2021Composer: Elfrida Andrée,
Mel Bonis Artists: Annette-Barbara Vogel,
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