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LEBRECHT LISTENS | Tasmin Little Reminds Us Just How Much We'll Miss Her

By Norman Lebrecht on February 8, 2019

Tasmin Little
The latest album by prolific British violinist Tasmin Little consists of music by women, and the sense of an ending adds poignancy to its reception.

Tasmin Little (Chandos)

★★★★ (out of five)

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A letter from the English violinist Tasmin Little telling me she is giving up the circuit in a couple of years when she hits 55 arrives pretty much at the same time of her latest release on Chandos, itself a fairly regular occurrence in recent years. Tasmin Little is a prolific recording artist and her programs often take a few strides off the beaten track. The latest consists of music by women — Amy Beach, Ethel Smyth and Clara Schumann — and the sense of an ending adds poignancy to its reception.

Neither of the first two composers can claim that their careers were wrecked by prejudice. Both Beach and Smyth came from wealthy, well-connected families. Smyth was promoted by Sir Thomas Beecham and Beach had several dates with the Boston Symphony. What their music wears is a sense of trying a bit too hard. Tasmin Little’s natural muscularity reduces the effortful aspect to something like normality. I found the pair of sonatas — both in A minor — warmly engaging as musical conversation, with John Lenehan sounding utterly empathetic at the piano.

The centrepiece of the release is Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, written in the season she met Brahms and dedicated to Joseph Joachim, who introduced the couple. Something like love is in the air and the music can all too easily be over-romanticized. This duo gets it just right for my taste, a shimmer of discovery and excitement without gestural commentary. It shows just how much we’ll miss Tasmin once she has hung up her bow.

Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint, Sinfini and other publications. His blog, Slipped Disc, is among the most widely read cultural sites online, breaking exclusive stories and campaigning against human abuse and acts of injustice in the cultural industries.

Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and cultural politics. He is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Standpoint, Sinfini and other publications. His blog, Slipped Disc, is among the most widely read cultural sites online, breaking exclusive stories and campaigning against human abuse and acts of injustice in the cultural industries.
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