Ethel Smyth - Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D/Overture to 'The Wreckers'

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
27/09/2019
Artist
Ethel Smyth
format
SACD
Label / Studio
Chandos
Duration
70.45

Ethel Smyth was one of England's foremost Victorian composers, and a prominent suffragette. She was the first female composer to be honoured with a damehood. She studied composition with Carl Reineke in Leipzig (alongside Dvor�k, Grieg and Tchaikovsky) and then privately with Heinrich von Herzogenberg (who introduced her to Brahms and Clara Schumann). Her 'Mass in D' is her only largescale religious work, although it was certainly composed for the concert hall rather than the church. Scored for 4 soloists, choir, and orchestra, the 'Mass in D' sets the usual six parts of the mass, but is performed with the Gloria at the end, not second, at the instruction of the composer. Her opera 'The Wreckers', set in mid-eighteenth-century Cornwall, is considered by some critics to be the most important English opera composed during the period between Purcell and Britten. The overture sets the scene wonderfully, as well as introducing the main thematic material to follow.

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Album
Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D/Overture to 'The Wreckers'
Publisher
Naxos Music UK
Main Format
SACD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D/Overture to 'The Wreckers' | Ethel Smyth
Catalogue Number
CHSA5240

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