Violinist Aleksandra Maslovaric with pianist Tania Fleischer.
Aleksandra’s first chamber album is a collection of intimate works written and performed by women. Spanning two continents and three centuries, this album includes works composed by Beth Anderson, Lili Boulanger, Barbara Heller, Francesca Lebrun, Johanna Senfter and Aleksandra herself.
Beth Anderson is a contemporary neo-romantic composer based in New York. Her work has garnered much acclaim and she has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Aaron Copland Fund. This album includes three of her works for violin and piano, tracks 2, 5, and 9: Tale One, Tale Three and Belgian Tango. Read more about Beth at her website.
Lili Boulanger, younger sister to Nadia, was born into a distinguished musical family of late 19th century France. Considered by many of her contemporaries to be one of the most talented composers of her generation, at the age of 19 she became the first woman to win the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for composition. Tracks 4 and 8 on this album are her compositions D’un Matin de Printemps and Nocturne.
Barbara Heller is a contemporary composer based in Darmstadt, Germany. She is a founding member of the international working group Women and Music (Frau und Musik). Track 3, Lalai, Lullaby for Awakening?, was written in 1989 and dedicated to “all women who are held in Islamic prisons for political reasons, to all those who have already been executed and to all those whose lives are still in danger.”
Francesca Lebrun, born in 1756, was a contemporary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A leading soprano in the European opera scene of the 18th century, she was sought after and praised by such renowned musicians as Salieri and Schubert. The album includes the sixth of her beautiful sonatas for violin and piano: tracks 6 and 7.
Aleksandra Maslovaric begins and concludes the album with her own compositions for solo violin: Reka and Novela, tracks 1 and 11, which were her first works to be commercially released.
Johanna Senfter was born in 1879 into a wealthy German family where her musical talents were encouraged to flourish. A respected violinist, pianist and philanthropist, she was also a prolific composer, though many of her 130+ works have been uncovered only since her death. Her composition Elegie is included as track 10 of this album.
All tracks were recorded at The Complex Studios, Los Angeles.
Tracks 1, 3, 8, 9, and 11 recorded by Tom Nellen.
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 recorded by Scott Levitan.
Assisted by Adrian Gauslin.
Mixed and Mastered by Scott Levitan at AIX Studios, Los Angeles.
Produced by Aleksandra Maslovaric.
With this 2007 disc entitled Feminae in Musica, Serbian-born and LA-based violinist Aleksandra Maslovaric has created a highly enjoyable recording of almost completely unknown music. With three works by contemporary American composer Beth Anderson, two works by modernist French composer Lili Boulanger, and one work each by Barbara Heller, Francesca Lebrun, Johanna Senfter and two works by Maslovaric herself, the program will be full of surprises for most listeners. Though composed in a variety of styles, all the music here is essentially conservative: Lebrun’s classical Sonata VI, Anderson’s sultry Belgian Tango, Boulanger’s sensuous Nocturne, and Maslovaric’s own evocative Reka. As a violinist, Maslovaric has a sweet if sometimes wan tone and a fine if not virtuosic technique, but her real strength on this disc is the heartfelt nature of her interpretations. Pianist Tania Fleischer is a supportive but reticent accompanist — one might wish she had taken a stronger hand in shaping the performances — and the digital sound, produced by Maslovaric, is perhaps too focused on her playing and not enough on Fleischer’s.
by James Leonard
Originally released in 2007, broad distribution in 2009.
Copyright 2007 by Feminae Records. All Rights Reserved.