Our recording with the Experiential Orchestra and Chorus received a nice review!
“…shunted during her lifetime onto a lower shelf reserved for “women composers,” she has not enjoyed the renown her work merits. The Experiential Orchestra and Chorus led by James Blachly has taken a welcome step towards remedying that with the first commercially released recording of “The Prison,” Smyth’s late cantata (I choose that word for convenience – there’s no easy way to classify the work), out Aug. 7 on Chandos.
Blachly spent years preparing for the piece’s U.S. concert premiere, initially working from a handwritten manuscript. Produced by Grammy winners Blanton Alspaugh and Soundmirror, the recording is timed for release on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave American women the right to vote beginning in 1920.” -Jon Sobel