Music for solo piano by Florence Price, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Ethel Bilsland and Margaret Bonds
Performed by Samantha Ege
Samantha Ege's debut album, Four Women brings together five twentieth-century piano works by four significant female composers.
Pianist and musicologist Samantha Ege journeys through a diverse range of styles and influences—from African American folk songs and classical forms in Florence Price’s Sonata in E Minor to modernist explorations of Czech musical identity in the compositions of Vítězslava Kaprálová; from evocations of Edwardian English childhood in the miniatures of Ethel Bilsland (world première recording), to Romantic expressions of spiritual melodies inflected with jazz and blues in the music of Margaret Bonds.
Four Women showcases the most remarkable programme of solo piano music you’ve never heard.
4.5/5 ★ "Stunning piano music by four neglected female composers"
Lisa MacKinney, Limelight
One of the Albums of 2018, alongside Janelle Monáe and Mac Miller
Renée Graham, Boston Radio
One of the 10 best releases in 2018 of Women Composers
Elizabeth de Brito, The Daffodil Perspective
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Florence Price - Sonata in E Minor
I. Andante - Allegro
Ethel Bilsland - The Birthday Party (world première recording)
I. Friends to Tea
III. Tin Soldiers
IV. Battledore and Shuttlecock
V. Ring o' Roses
VI. Sleepy Song
Vítězslava Kaprálová - Dubnová Preludia (April Preludes), Op. 13
I. Allegro Ma Non Troppo
III. Andante Semplice
Vítězslava Kaprálová - Sonata Appassionata, Op. 6
II. Theme and Variations
Margaret Bonds - Troubled Water
Piano by Samantha Ege
Album produced by Dan Jones and Simon Birch
Recorded at Real World Studios
Recording Engineer — Patrick Phillips
Recording Editor and Mastering — Simon Birch
Mixed by Dan Jones
Album cover painting by Jennifer Binnie - http://www.jenniferbinnie.co.uk
Album cover graphic design by Wave Theory Records