FLORENCE PRICE (1887-1953): Piano Quintet in A Minor (First Recording), AMY BEACH (1867-1944): Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor, SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981): Dover Beach for Medium Voice and String Quartet (Matthew Rose [bass]).
Catalogue Number: 06W006
Reference: CHAN 20224
Description: Florence Price faced ‘two handicaps – those of sex and race’, and much of her music remained unpublished at the time of her death. Additionally, a significant quantity of her manuscripts had disappeared without trace. It was not until 2009 that a cache of them (including two lost symphonies) was discovered by property developers in the attic of an abandoned house in Illinois – including the score for the Piano Quintet in A minor that receives its world première recording here. Although characteristically conservative in its late-romantic idiom, the piece celebrates Price’s African American heritage with echoes of spirituals and hymns, and the popular juba stomping dance rooted in the slave plantations of the Deep South. Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.