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Compositrices - New Light On French Romantic Women Composers

Compositrices - New Light On French Romantic Women Composers

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Women composers had great difficulty in making their voices heard and gaining recognition during their lifetimes. Even today, they are all too rarely heard in the concert hall or the opera house. That situation obviously cries out for a change in attitude, but then come the questions: all right, let’s programme women composers, but which ones, and which of their works? In this eight-CD set featuring several hundred performers, the Palazzetto Bru Zane offers its initial answer as far as nineteenth-century France is concerned. The selections range over chamber music, orchestral works, piano pieces and songs. They highlight twenty-one female creators, from already identified personalities like Hélène de Montgeroult, Louise Farrenc, Pauline Viardot, Marie Jaëll and Mel Bonis to such completely unknown figures as Charlotte Sohy, Madeleine Jaeger, Marthe Grumbach, Jeanne Danglas, Hedwige Chrétien and Madeleine Lemariey. From now on, there will be no excuse for ignoring Romantic women composers.

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Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 10, 2023


  • UPC: 8055776010090


  • Catalog Number: BZ2006


  • Label: Bru Zane


  • Number of Discs: 8


  • Composer: Mel Bonis, Henriette Renié, Cécile Chaminade, Hedwige Chrétien, Marie Jaëll, Rita Strohl, Charlotte Sohy, Lili Boulanger, Louise Farrenc, Nadia Boulanger, Virginie Morel, Jeanne Danglas, Pauline Viardot, Augusta Holmès, Marthe Bracquemond, Clémence de Grandval, Marie-Foscarine Damaschino, Madeleine Jaeger, Marthe Grumbach, Hélène de Montgeroult


  • Conductor: Leo Hussain, David Reiland, Débora Waldman, François-Xavier Roth


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Quatuor Hanson, Orchestre national de Metz Grand Est, Orchestre National de France, Les Siècles


  • Performer: Cyrille Dubois, Tristan Raës, Victor Julien-Laferriere, Theo Fouchenneret, Roberto Prosseda, Alessandra Ammara, Ismael Margain, François Dumont, Anna Agafia, Frank Braley, Anaïs Constans, Marie Vermeulin, Yann Beuron, David Zobel, Claire Le Boulanger, Aude Extrémo, Étienne Manchon, François Rougier, Alexandre Pascal, Héloïse Luzzati, Célia Oneto Bensaid, Mihály Berecz, Nathalia Milstein