CD Review | Virtuosa (Leaf music, 2022)

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Virtuosa
Alexa Raine-Wright, flute; Sallynee Amawat, violin;
Andrea Stewart, violoncello; Rona Nadler, harpsichord
Leaf Music, 2022

In 2017, Infusion Baroque released the Virtuosa Series, a collection of videos highlighting the musical careers of fourteen women from the 18th and 19th centuries. Still infused with the desire to emphasize female composers’ accomplishments in the face of sexism, Infusion Baroque have released their new album Virtuosa. The 14 works on the album, derived from six different female composers, display the ensemble’s tonal flexibility: in their performance of Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17 they contrast the instruments to instill in the listener a feeling of uncertainty—the intermittent, staccato piano supplies a tension that the legato violin constantly seeks to resolve. Meanwhile, their rendition of Hélène Liebmann’s Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 11 unites the percussive and string instruments for a playful and harmonious experience. This contrast marks a difference in the composers’ social statuses, yet the works are all linked by the quiet, on-tempo breathing of the performers. This detail gives life to the theatrical emotions of the works, as if to suggest that all the featured composers, regardless of their social status, were united in their struggles.

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