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Hélène de Montgeroult - Études

Composer Hélène de Montgeroult
Performer Clare Hammond
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2603 SACD
EAN 7318599926032
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2022
Total time 70'32

Hélène de Montgeroult’s life reads like a novel: showing a precocious musical ability as a child in pre-revolutionary France, she became fêted as one of the finest pianists and improvisers of her time. Imprisoned during an attempt to reach Naples at the time of the Revolution, she was able to return to France. Here she worked for the Institut National de Musique, only to be imprisoned again during the Reign of Terror. Finally freed for good, she was made professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris, the first woman to occupy such a position. Meanwhile, she managed to compose an important body of work for the piano as well as a complete method, including 114 études. &&&
In her liner notes to the disc, the British pianist Clare Hammond hails Montgeroult as ‘one of the most exploratory pianistic personalities of our time’. From her output, Hammond has selected 29 études that highlight the unique talent of this composer whose music is on a par with that by Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann, displaying a harmonic audacity, textural complexity and, despite its pedagogical purpose, a singing quality and an expressive depth. Forgotten so comprehensively for such a long time, Montgeroult’s Études deserve a similar renown and popularity as those by her contemporaries.
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01 Étude No. 37 in G major 0'53
02 Étude No. 36 in F major 2'19
03 Étude No. 35 in C minor 0'48
04 Étude No. 34 in F major 1'16
05 Étude No. 28 in E major 3'09
06 Étude No. 26 in G major 1'26
07 Étude No. 38 in A minor 4'26
08 Étude No. 41 in E flat major 3'26
09 Étude No. 51 in F minor 1'29
10 Étude No. 53 in E minor 1'45
11 Étude No. 52 in C major 1'37
12 Étude No. 55 in F minor 1'34
13 Étude No. 66 in C minor 1'20
14 Étude No. 62 in E flat major 2'59
15 Étude No. 65 in E flat minor 1'02
16 Étude No. 67 in B major 2'25
17 Étude No. 74 in C minor 3'59
18 Étude No. 89 in A flat minor 4'37
19 Étude No. 82 in C minor 1'38
20 Étude No. 97 in G minor 3'36
21 Étude No. 99 in C minor 3'29
22 Étude No. 100 in B flat minor 1'55
23 Étude No. 101 in C sharp major 2'31
24 Étude No. 103 in F sharp minor 2'31
25 Étude No. 106 in B major 3'43
26 Étude No. 104 in G sharp minor 2'02
27 Étude No. 107 in D minor 1'41
28 Étude No. 110 in A major 2'56
29 Étude No. 111 in G minor 1'55
  Album total 70'32
ComposerMontgeroult, Hélène de
PianoHammond, Clare

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