Elena Firsova is an émigré composer born in Russia and resident in the UK since 1991. She was one of Khrennikov's seven blacklisted composers in 1979. The CD was released in celebration of Firsova's 65th birthday and fills a gap in her discography, being the first disc dedicated entirely to her chamber music. The title track A Triple Portrait was commissioned in 2011 by the Marsyas Trio, generously funded by the PRS for Music Foundation's 'Women Make Music' Award. Other tracks on the disc feature solos, duos and a quintet for flute, strings and piano. Firsova has been commissioned by leading international ensembles, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Schubert Ensemble and Brodsky Quartet. Her distinctive music is highly personal and expressive with dark overtones and close connections with the poetry of Osip Mandelstam. This CD spans across 35 years of Firsova’s well-established career. The Marsyas Trio is joined on several tracks by violinist Patrick Dawkins (Ligeti Quartet), violist Morgan Goff, mezzo-soprano Hannah Pedley and German soprano Maacha Deubner.