MÉLANIE BONIS (1858-1937): Piano Quartets No. 1 in B Flat, Op. 69 and No. 2 in D, Op. 214, Soir, matin for Piano Trio, Op. 76.
Catalogue Number: 04J068
Reference: 643 1424-2
Description: Had she been male, Bonis would likely be mentioned in the same breath as the composers who knew and praised her work during her lifetime: Franck, Gounod, Saint-Saëns, and Pierné. The quartets here date from just after the turn of the century and from 1927. They are "feminine" in that they deal in nuanced and often tender expressivity and are notable for their formal perfection and they fit quite naturally into the post-Romantic circle of French composition of her generation. Mozart Piano Quartet.