Trios by Female Composers
One of my favorite recent CD acquisitions is Notable Women, the new Cedille recording by the Lincoln Trio. It’s a portrait disc featuring some of today’s most important female composers: some well established and others rising stars. The program includes works by Lera Auerbach, Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Higdon, Augusta Read Thomas, Laura Elise Schwendinger, and Joan Tower.
While a diversity of styles is represented, a unifying thread is the intensity of the disc’s program. Many of the works feature gritty harmonies, intricate counterpoint, and compositional narratives filled with tension and conflicts. The old (and ludicrous) saw about “feminine” music somehow being inherently gentler or less determined than music written by the men is thoroughly refuted by the compelling works shared here.
It also helps to break down preconceptions that one might have about some of the included composers based on their more famous works. Thomas’ Moon Jig, while just as thoroughly intricate in terms of construction as her orchestral music, adopts a lilting, at times playful, demeanor, that revels in the title’s idiosyncratic dance. Think Jennifer Higdon’s music is lush through and through? Check out “Fiery Red,” the second movement of her Piano Trio, which adds some modernist angularity and Bartókian syncopation to the mix!
The trio are formidable advocates, playing with impressive command and unrelenting energy throughout. Recommended.
You can experience the energetic performances of the Lincoln Trio live tonight at Le Poisson Rouge (details below).
WHAT: The Lincoln Trio present Notable Women: Trios by Today’s Female Composers
WHERE: (Le) Poisson Rouge158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan)
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30 pm
More info here.