Helene de Montgeroult / Stern

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Imagine a composer, a woman, living during the classical times of the late 18th century in France. Her country is torn by revolution and grand...
Imagine a composer, a woman, living during the classical times of the late 18th century in France. Her country is torn by revolution and grand revolutionary ideas. It is astonishing that France, who produced great composers throughout music history, failed to produce a great figure during the classical times. Or maybe it has and we don’t know about it. It is hard not to see the similarities between Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude and Montgéroult’s Etude No.107, or between the album’s opening piece, the F minor Fugue and Mendelssohn’s Fugue Op.35 No.1. Hélène de Montgéroult wrote and published all her music between 1795 and 1812, either before or just around the time Chopin and Mendelssohn were born. It is fitting that the ideas of equality of the French Revolution coincided with the life of a great woman composer. It is fitting, as well, that her importance and influence in the history of music be recognized today and the oversight of her achievements be corrected.

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REVIEW:

So far as one can see, this is the first time that Hélène de Montgeroult (1764-1830) has graced the magazine's pages. She is at the very least a fascinating and prescient keyboard voice. Play this blind and who would you say was the composer? Cramer? Dussek? Vo?íšek? Pianist Edna Stern deserves for resurrecting this music, and has the fleet fingers and sensitive musicianship necessary to make the very best case for it.

– Gramophone


Product Description:


  • Release Date: February 03, 2017


  • UPC: 5060189560639


  • Catalog Number: ORC100063


  • Label: Orchid Classics


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Helene De, Montgeroult


  • Performer: Edna, Stern