Discography

Discography by Work and Chronology

– This list is comprehensive to the best of my knowledge and is greatly informed by Jory Bennett’s List of Works published in The Memoirs of Ethel Smyth, abridged and introduced by Ronald Crichton (Middlesex, England: Viking, 1987.) Any errors or omissions are my own, and suggestions for inclusion in this list are greatly appreciated.

— Amy Zigler

Cello Sonata in C minor (1880, unpublished)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder, Vol. 4. Maarten Koningsberger, Kelvin Grout, Friedemann Kupsa, Anna Silova. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01417. 1997. CD.
  • British Cello Works: Smyth, Lutyens, Maconchy, Clarke. Lionel Handy, cello; Jennifer Hughes, piano. Lyrita. SRCD383. 2019. CD.
  • Piano Trio in D minor (1880, unpublished; published posthumously by Roberton Publications)
  • Ethel Smyth, Impressions That Remain. Chagall Trio. Meridian Records. CDE 84286. 2009. CD.

String Quartet in C minor (1881, unpublished; published posthumously by Furore Verlag)

  •  Rendezvous: Leipzig. The Maier Quartet. dB Productions. DBCD197. 2020. CD.

Solo Piano Works (1877-1884, unpublished; published posthumously by Breitkopf & Hartel)

  • Ethel Smyth, Liana Serbescu – Complete Piano Works. CPO 999 327-2. 1995. 2 CDs.
  • La muse oubliée: Piano pieces by women composers. Antonio Oyarzabal. IBS Classical. IBS52021. 2021. CD.
  • Regards de femmes. Marie-Catherine Girod. Mirare. MIR574. 2021. CD.
  • Spurensuche: Works for Piano by Dora Pejačević, Sophia Westenholz, and Ethel Smyth. Kyra Steckeweh, piano. Kaleidos Musikeditionen. KAL 6355-2. CD.

Short Chorale Preludes (ca. 1884; published by Novello, 1913)

  • Deferred Voices: Organ Music by Women. Rakich, organ. AFKA Records. SK-527. 1993. CD.
  • Divine Euterpe. Kimberly Marsahll, organ. Loft. LRCD-1021. 2010. CD.
  • Preludes & Postludes. Susan Ferre, organ. Gothic. G-49211. 2010. CD.

String Quintet in E, Op. 1 (1884)

  • Chamber Music Vols. 1 & 2. Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet, Celine Dutilly, piano. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01403. 1990. 2 CDs.
  • Ethel Smyth, String Quartet, String Quintet. Mannheimer String Quartet, Joachim Griesheimer. CPO 999 352-2. 2000. CD.
  • Great Women Composers. CPO 999 914-2. 2002. 6 CDs.
  • British Music for Strings, Vol. 3: Ethel Smyth, Susan Spain-Dunk, Constance Warren, Ruth Gipps. Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Douglas Bostock. CPO 555457-2. CD.

Lieder & Balladen, Op. 3 (1886)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder, Vol. 4. Maarten Koningsberger, Kelvin Grout, Friedemann Kupsa, Anna Silova. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01417. 1997. CD.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth: Songs and Ballads. Lucy Stevens, Elizabeth Marcus, Berkeley Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez. Somm Records. SOMMCD0611. 2020. CD.

Lieder, Op. 4 (1886)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder, Vol. 4. Maarten Koningsberger, Kelvin Grout, Friedemann Kupsa, Anna Silova. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01417. 1997. CD.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth: Songs and Ballads. Lucy Stevens, Elizabeth Marcus, Berkeley Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez. Somm Records. SOMMCD0611. 2020. CD.

Cello Sonata, Op. 5 (1887)

  • Chamber Music Vols. 1 & 2. Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet, Celine Dutilly, piano. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01403. 1990. 2 CDs.
  • Ethel Smyth, Impressions That Remain. Chagall Trio. Meridian Records – CDE 84286. 2009. CD.
  • Seven Sisters: Chamber Music by British Women. Ambache. AMB 6005. 2015. CD.

String Trio, Op. 6 (1884)

  • Celebrate Women! The Hague String Trio. Cobra Records. COBRA0083. CD.

Violin Sonata, Op. 7 (1887)

  • Chamber Music Vols. 1 & 2. Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet, Celine Dutilly, piano. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01403. 1990. 2 CDs.
  • Ethel Smyth, Impressions That Remain. Chagall Trio. Meridian Records – CDE 84286. 2009. CD.
  • British Women Composers: Works for Violin & Piano; Smyth, Machonchy, Poldowski, Tate, Barns. Clare Howick, violin, Sophia Rahman, piano. Naxos 8.572291. 2010. CD.
  • Den Männern ebenbürtig: Farrenc, Smyth, Viardot-Garcia, Boulanger. Irnberger, violin, Moser, piano. Gramola 98966. 2012. CD.
  • Tasmin Little plays Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth, and Amy Beach. Tasmin Little, violin; and John Lenehan, piano. Chandos. CHAN20030. 2019. CD.
  • First Ladies: Three Romantic Violin Sonatas by Elfrida Andrée, Mel Bonis, and Ethel Smyth. Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; and Durval Cesetti, piano. Toccata Classics. TOCN 0013. 2021. CD.

Serenade in D (1889)

  • Ethel Smyth, Sophie Langdon, Richard Watkins, BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez – Concerto for Violin, Horn & Orchestra – Serenade in D. Chandos – CHAN 9449. 1996. CD.

Overture to Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (1889)
[no commercial recording available]

Mass in D (1891)

  • Ethel Smyth, Eiddwen Harrhy, Plymouth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Philip Brunelle ‎– Mass In D. Virgin Classics – VC 7 91188-2. 1991. CD.
  • Ethel Smyth, Mass in D, Philharmonia Chor Stuttgart, Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutingen, Helmut Wolf. AUDITE 97448. 1997. CD.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D & Overture to ‘The Wreckers.’ BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sakari Oramo. Chandos. CHSA5240. 2019. CD.

Fantasio (1898)
[no commercial recording available]

Der Wald (1901)
[no commercial recording available]

The Wreckers (1906)

  • Music of the Four Countries: MacCunn, Smyth, Harty, German, Gibson. EMI Studio CDM 7692062. 1988. CD. [Overture only]
  • Smyth: The Wreckers. BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez. Conifer Classics. 75605 51250 2. 1994. 2 CDs. Reissued in 2018 by Retrospect Opera. RO004. 2 CDs.
  • Holst, Bridge, Bliss, Vaughan-Williams, Harty, and Smythe [sic]. Symposium Records.  SYMPCD1202. 2000. CD. [Overture only, originally recorded in 1930]
  • Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D & Overture to ‘The Wreckers.’ BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sakari Oramo. Chandos. CHSA5240. 2019. CD. [Overture only]

Four Songs for mezzo soprano or baritone and chamber ensemble (1908)

  • Ethel Smyth: Kammermusick & Lieder Vol. 3. Melinda Paulsen, Angela Gassenhuber, Franz Draxinger, Celine Dutilly. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01405. 1992. CD.
  • My Own Country: Songs & Music by Quilter, Warlock, Bridge, and Smyth. Meridian Records. CDE 84583. 2009. CD.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth: Songs and Ballads. Lucy Stevens, Elizabeth Marcus, Berkeley Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez. Somm Records. SOMMCD0611. 2020. CD.

Hey Nonny No (1910)
[no commercial recording available]

Sleepless Dreams (Nacht) (1910)
[no commercial recording available]

Songs of Sunrise: Laggard Dawn, 1910, The March of the Women (1911)

  • Ethel Smyth, Eiddwen Harrhy, Plymouth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Philip Brunelle ‎– Mass In D. Virgin Classics – VC 7 91188-2. 1991. CD. [“March of the Women” only]
  • British Composers: A Celebration. Warner Classics. 0954802. 2011. CD. [“March of the Women” only]

String Quartet in E minor (1901-1912)

  • Chamber Music Vols. 1 & 2. Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet, Celine Dutilly, piano. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01403. 1990. 2 CDs.
  • Ethel Smyth, String Quartet, String Quintet. Mannheimer String Quartet, Joachim Griesheimer. CPO 999 352-2. 2000. CD.
  • Great Women Composers. CPO 999 914-2. 2002. 6 CDs.
  • Smyth, Beach, and Spain-Dunk. Archaeus Quartet. Lorelt LNT 114. 2003. CD.
  • Melomania: String Quartets by Women Composers. Troubadisc. TRO-CD01418. 2012. CD.

Three Moods of the Sea (1913)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder, Vol. 4. Maarten Koningsberger, Kelvin Grout, Friedemann Kupsa, Anna Silova. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01417. 1997. CD.

Three Songs (1913)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder Vol. 3. Melinda Paulsen, Angela Gassenhuber, Franz Draxinger, Celine Dutilly. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01405. 1992. CD.
  • In Praise of Woman: 150 Years of English Women Composers. Hyperion CDA66709. 1994. CD. [“Possession” only]
  • GAIA Music Festival (2019). GAIA Recordings. GAIA19000. Digital download. [“The Clown” only]

The Boatswain’s Mate (1914)

  • Ethel Smyth, Eiddwen Harrhy, Plymouth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Philip Brunelle ‎– Mass In D. Virgin Classics – VC 7 91188-2. 1991. CD. [“Mrs. Water’s Aria” only]
  • Overtures from the British Isles, Vol. 2. BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Rumon Gamba. Chandos – CHAN 10898. 2016. CD. [Overture only]
  • Ethel Smyth, The Boatswain’s Mate. Nadine Benjamin, Edward Lee, Jeremy Huw Williams, Lontano Ensemble, Odaline de la Martinez. Retrospect Opera. RO001. 2017. 2 CDs.

Fête Galante (1922)

  • Ethel Smyth: Fete Galante. Charmian Bedford, soprano; Carolyn Dobbin, mezzo; Felix Kemp, baritone; Simon Wallfisch, baritone; Mark Milhoer, tenor; Alessandro Fisher, tenor; Dame Felicity Lott, reciter; and Valerie Langfield, piano. Retrospect Opera. RO007. 2019. CD.

Entente Cordiale (1924)
[no commercial recording available]

Two Interlinked French Folk Melodies for orchestra, from Entente Cordiale (1924)

  • I Love My Love. Albion Records. ALB CD 032. 2017. CD. (Originally recorded in 1939)
  • Entente Cordiale: Lecocq, Franck, Smyth and more; City of Prague Philharmonia Orchestra, Sutherland. White Line. CD WHL 2147. 2003. CD.

Concerto in A for Horn, Violin, and Orchestra (1926)

  • Chamber Music & Lieder Vol. 3. Melinda Paulsen, Angela Gassenhuber, Franz Draxinger, Celine Dutilly. Troubadisc. TRO-CD 01405. 1992. CD.
  • Ethel Smyth, Sophie Langdon, Richard Watkins, BBC Philharmonic, Odaline de la Martinez – Concerto for Violin, Horn & Orchestra – Serenade in D. Chandos – CHAN 9449. 1996. CD.
  • Othmar Schoeck, Charles Koechlin, Ethel Smyth, Marie Luise Neunecker – Horn Concertos. Koch Schwann – 3-6412-2. 1998. CD.
  • Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Ethyl [sic] Smyth, Gershwin, Elena Urioste – Samuel Barber Violin Concerto plus Violin Works by Amy Beach, Ethyl [sic] Smyth and Gershwin. BBC Music – BBCMM416. 2017. CD.
  • EntArteOpera Festival: Violin and Double Concertos – Smyth, Kapralova, Hartmann, Martinu, Irnberger, Salomon, Sieghart. Gramola 99098. 2018. 2 CDs.
  • They Persisted: Amy Beach, Ulric Cole and Ethel Smyth. Joanna Goldstein, piano; Steven Moeckel, violin; Nicholas Finch, cello; and Bruce Heim, horn. Centaur. CRC 3693. 2018. [Piano trio arrangement of concerto]

Variations on Bonny Sweet Robin (1928)
[no commercial recording available]

The Prison (1930)

  • Smyth: The Prison. Sarah Brailey, soprano; Dashon Burton, bass-baritone; James Blachly, conductor. Chandos. CHAN 5279. 2020. CD