Three Centuries of Female Composers (10-CD Box Set) - Worldwide Release Marking International Women's Day 2022

Women in Music would like to congratulate composer and pianist Dr Tanya Ekanayaka and all those involved in the release of this marvellous collection.

Dr Tanya Ekanayaka - by Nadine Ishaq

Tanya writes

It gives me great pleasure to share with you, news of a unique release in celebration of International Women’s Day 2022 on 8th March. 

A limited-edition 10-CD boxset titled, 3 CENTURIES OF FEMALE COMPOSERS containing works for solo piano by some of the greatest female piano composers through history is being released worldwide today (4th March). Many of you will likely recognise many of the composers and some of the music in this set can be accessed entirely free!  

I’m deeply honoured that one of the CDs, (CD 9), comprises my own compositions for solo piano mostly composed during lockdown in 2020, and performed by me. Not least because of the beautiful context am I touched by this inclusion, but also because a core aspect of my creative practice as a South Asian woman composer-pianist with a very multicultural lived musical background, focuses on broadening the musical imprint of the piano across cultures and ‘spaces’ not traditionally associated with the pianistic canon. 

The set is being released by Naxos Records (Grand Piano) and the following Naxos Records web-link contains full details https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=GP897X

The release note published by Naxos Records on their official web-page dedicated to the release and full list of composers featured are as follows:  

“Ranging from the 18th century to the music of our time, this collection of critically acclaimed recordings explores the significant contribution to solo piano repertoire made by a wide variety of women composers. These rare and important pieces include the works of the celebrated pianist Anne-Louise Brillon de Jouy and of Hélène de Montgeroult, whose sonatas are distinctive additions to the Classical and early Romantic periods. Maria Szymanowska’s deft dances contrast with the fearsome demands of Teresa Carreño, herself a great virtuoso. Vítězslava Kaprálová was the most important female Czech composer of the 20th century, while Agathe Backer Grøndahl was one of Norway’s most respected composer-pianists. Tanya Ekanayaka continues the lineage in her own diverse and hybrid pieces.” – NAXOS RECORDS 

Composers included (in alphabetical order) – 

Tekla Bądarzewska-Baranowska 

Amy Beach 

Anna Bon 

Lili Boulanger 

Anne-Louise Boyvin d'Hardancourt  Brillon de Jouy 

Teresa Carreño 

Cécile Chaminade 

Tanya Ekanayaka 

Chiquinha Gonzaga 

Agathe Backer Grøndahl 

Vítězslava Kaprálová 

Emma Kodály 

Haruna Miyake 

Hélène-Antoinette-Marie de Nervo de Montgeroult 

Tatiana Nikolayeva 

Dora Pejačević 

Florence Beatrice Price 

Clara Schumann 

Maria Szymanowska

And finally, here’s a little preview video: