Ethel Smyth (1858 - 1944)
5. An English Dame
Friday 16 July 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Friday 23 July 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
In 1908, returning from Paris where she'd enjoyed an enthusiastic reception to her Four Songs for Chamber Ensemble, Smyth returned to London to discover her great friend and collaborator Henry Brewster was terminally ill. After his death life for Ethel Smyth was never the same. As she explained, "I felt like a rudderless ship aimlessly drifting hither and thither".
By the end of the first World War her impending deafness began to affect her composing and she started writing books as well. The Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra is one of the most important works of her last period.
In this final programme examining the life and music of Ethel Smyth, Donald Macleod and the conductor and Smyth expert Odaline de la Martinez consider her later works and evaluate her standing as a composer.
Excerpt from 2nd movement Violin Sonata in A minor, op.7
Nicoline Kraamwinkel (violin), Julian Rolton (piano)
Meridian CDE 84286
3 Moods of the Sea (1913) for baritone and piano
Maarten Koningsberger (baritone), Kelvin Grout (piano)
Troubadisc TRO CD 01417
Tracks 15 to 17
Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra
BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez
Chandos CHAN 9449
Tracks 5 to 7
End of Act 3, The Wreckers
Anne-Marie Owens (mezzo soprano), Justin Lavender (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone), Anthony Roden (tenor), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (bass), Judith Howarth (soprano) and Peter Sidhom (baritone), with the Huddersfield Choral Society,
BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez (conductor)
Conifer Classics CDCF 250/1
CD2 Track 14