Music by Women – Elmira Darvarova, violin / Howard Wall, horn
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Elmira Darvarova, violin Howard Wall, horn — Music by Women
Release date : May. 15, 2020
Label : Affetto Records
  1. Errollyn Wallen: No. 3 from “Five Postcards”, arr. for Violin and Horn
  2. Lydia Lowery Busler: Appalachia for Horn Alone
  3. Elena Firsova: Memoria, Op. 162 for Solo Violin
  4. Rebecca Clarke: Grotesque, arr. for Violin and Horn
  5. Erika Raum: The Confessions of St. Augustine, a Tone Poem for Solo Horn
  6. Francine Trester: Baikushev’s Pine for Solo Violin
  7. Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre: Presto from Sonata No. 1 in d, arr. for Violin and Horn
  8. Dolores White: No. 3 from “Blues Dialogues” for Solo Violin
  9. Laura Kaminsky: Blast for Solo Horn
  10. Rebecca Clarke: Lullaby, arr. for Violin and Horn
  11. Wang Jie: The Golden Snake Dances into Rapture for Solo Violin
  12. Alice Gomez: La Calavera for Solo Horn
  13. Francine Trester: Prohodna for Violin and Horn
  14. Elmira Darvarova: My Burning Tears for Solo Violin
  15. Elizabeth Raum: Idiom for Solo Horn
  16. Yui Kitamura: A Bird and a Hawthorn Tree for Violin and Horn


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 “Music by Women” presents 14 world premiere recordings (out of 16 tracks) in this album with music by female composers. A varied program which includes the 17th C. French composer Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, and the 20th C. British-American composer Rebecca Clarke, as well as a number of contemporary female composers from several different countries, some of which have been commissioned by the performers: Chinese composer Wang Jie, Japanese composer Yui Kitamura, Russian-born Elena Firsova, Canadians Elizabeth Raum and Erika Raum, Belize-born Errollyn Wallen, and the American composers Lydia Lowery Busler, Alice Gomez, Laura Kaminsky, Dolores White, Francine Trester (whose compositions also feature poetry). Violinist Elmira Darvarova (first and only woman-concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and hornist Howard Wall (a New York Philharmonic member, formerly with The Philadelphia Orchestra) offer splendid interpretations.