Beyond Twilight: Music for cello & piano by female composers


Faced in 2020–21 with an unexpected break from concert life, cellist Alexandra Mackenzie and pianist Ingrid Sawers devoted much time instead to furthering their longstanding interest in unfamiliar repertoire.Trawling through libraries, both online and in person, they unearthed a treasure trove of short pieces by female composers, some hiding behind bland initials such as ‘A. E. Horrocks’.

Dating from the 1880s to the 1950s, these intimate, quietly powerful works include miniatures by the Scottish cellist Marie Dare and two delightful songs by Gwendolen – later Avril – Coleridge-Taylor, here newly transcribed for cello. A total of fourteen works are presented here, all but five in premiere recordings.

Every one of them deserves to be better known.

Reviews will appear here following release date

Release Date: 20 October 2023
Catalogue No: DCD34306
Total playing time: 1:02:39

Recorded on 17-19 October 2022
in St Mary’s Parish Church, Haddington

Producer/Engineer: Paul Baxter
24-bit digital editing: Jack Davis
24-bit digital mastering: Paul Baxter

Design: Drew Padrutt
Booklet editor: Henry Howard
Cover image: Robert Bereny, Woman Playing Cello, 1928; photo © A. Dagli Orti / © NPL - DeA Picture Library / Bridgeman Images

Session photography : foxbrushfilms.com

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