• Samantha Ege – Four Women

    Music for solo piano by Florence Price, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Ethel Bilsland and Margaret Bonds

    Performed by Samantha Ege 

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    Four Women brings together five twentieth-century piano works by four significant female composers. 

     

    Pianist 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

    II. Andante

    III. Scherzo

    Ethel Bilsland - The Birthday Party (world première recording)

    I. Friends to Tea

    II. Peep-Bo

    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

    II. Andante

    III. Andante Semplice

    IV. Vivo

    Vítězslava Kaprálová - Sonata Appassionata, Op. 6

    I. Maestoso

    II. Theme and Variations

    Margaret Bonds - Troubled Water

     

  • Credits

    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