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Uncommon Voices
Woman Composers from Eastern Europe


Composers: Maria Szymanowska, Zara Levina, Grażyna Bacewicz, Dora Pejacevic, Bojana Petrovic Aleksova and Natasha Stojanovska
Performed by: Natasha Stojanovska (piano)
Label: Navona Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 22 July 2022

Uncommon Voices explores the music of female composers from Eastern Europe. This collections of piano works includes the music of Croatia, North Macedonia, the former Soviet Union, and other Eastern European countries, combined with elements of the western musical tradition...

Composer and pianist Natasha Stojanovska performs 12 tracks (1 hr, 10 min, 53 sec) focusing on female composers from Eastern Europe. The album includes two of Stojanovska’s compositions, 'Phantasy No. 1' and 'Phantasy No. 2'. The former borrows metrical patterns found in Macedonian folk music; along with elements of tonality and atonality, the piece examines the uncertain boundary between the Macedonian and American cultures.

The album also features the works of contemporary composers including Bojana Petrovic Aleksova, as well as historical composers like Maria Szymanowska. It highlights how classical music is a universal language and in this case pretty much timeless. Any one of these, to the layman, could have been composed on any continent at any time over the last several hundred years.

Stojanovska does a wonderful job of presenting these incredible pieces of music to a much wider audience.

Track listing:

Maria Szymanowska
01. Nocturne in B flat major Natasha (5:23)

Zara Levina
02. Piano Sonata (8:09)

Grażyna Bacewicz
03. Sonata No. 2: Maestoso (6:39)
04. Sonata No. 2: Largo (7:28)
05. Sonata No. 2: Toccata. Vivo (3:53)

Dora Pejacevic
06. Sonata No.2 in A flat Major (13:07)

Bojana Petrovic Aleksova
07. 4 Pieces for Piano: Number 1 (2:20)

Bojana Petrovic Aleksova
08. 4 Pieces for Piano: Preludium (1:39)
09. 4 Pieces for Piano: Pathetic (3:08)
10. 4 Pieces for Piano: Dream (4:20)

Natasha Stojanovska
11. Phantasy No. 2 (7:37)
12. Phantasy No. 1 (7:12)


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