26 March 2005

  Smyth, Ethel (1858-1944)

Ethel Smyth was famed internationally for her many operas, a great feat at this time for a woman. Educated at the Leipzig Conservatoire, she travelled through Europe during her long career. These journeys influenced her style, making her a truly eclectic composer. Her 6 operas and Mass in D are all for large orchestra and chorus, employing a rich texture. Her Mass harks back to the Romantic era; it was premiered in 1893. She used her music to aid gain woman's rights and freedom, and was arrested during a women's protest. Her lively, strong minded character is clearly evident in her colourful music. Her Mass in D is being performed in London on June 22nd and a nereleased reoording is now available.Email for information .

Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women


Chamber Music and Songs Vol 4

Performed by: Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet
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1997          £12  

Mass in D

Stuttgart Philharmonia Choir.
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1997    special offer       £12  

Orchestral Works

Performed by: de la Martinez, Odaline (conductor)

Serenade in D
Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra


BBC Philharmonic
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1996          £15  

Complete Piano works

Liana Serbescu, piano.
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1993    2-set       £16  

Chamber Music and Songs Vol 3

Performed by: Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet
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1992          £12  

British Composers Series : Ethel Smyth

Great collection of hard to find works including The Boatswain's Mate Aria from her opera The Wreckers (currently disgracefully out of print) and March of the Women as well as her Mass in D.
Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series. Eiddwen Harrhy soprano

1991          £15  

Chamber Music and Songs Vols 1 and 2

Performed by: Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet

Sonata A major op. 7
String Quintet in E major op. 1
Sonata A Major op. 5
String quartet op3-moll
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1991    2-set       £20  



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