Smyth: Piano Trio in D minor; Violin Sonata in A minor; Cello Sonata in A minor

COMPOSERS: Smyth
LABELS: Meridian
WORKS: Piano Trio in D minor; Violin Sonata in A minor; Cello Sonata in A minor
PERFORMER: Chagall Trio
CATALOGUE NO: CDE 84286 DDD
Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) studied in Leipzig and soon made a strong impression as a composer, especially in Germany. She became best known for her operas, Beecham describing her as ‘without question the most remarkable woman that I have been privileged to know’. These early chamber music compositions, written during the 1880s, show that Brahms exerted a significant influence upon her. All three are fluent and strong, and well worth hearing in these idiomatic performances.Terry Barfoot

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