Ethel Smyth was a friend of writer Virginia Woolf, and famous in her day as a composer. She was a strong, gregarious personality and traveled to conduct orchestras performing her works. She earned recognition in her day, which has since faded. I would say it's "neo-classic." Her writing can be more sensitive however and can have the quick, sprightly manner of Vivaldi. Some pieces are very thoughtful and melancholy, evoking Grieg at his most poignant and simple. The music moves somewhat too rapidly between varied moods, and so one can hear how the stream-of-consciousness movement of her day (as bought to the public in letters by Woolf and others) may have been an influence. An interesting CD that shows some impressive work by this artist.