ELFRIDA ANDRÉE (1841-1929): Violin Sonata in B Flat (First Recording), MEL BONIS (1858-1937): Violin Sonata in F Sharp Minor, Op. 112, ETHEL SMYTH (1858-1944): Violin Sonata in A Minor, Op. 7.

Catalogue Number: 09X003

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCN 0013

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: 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. 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).

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