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New Release
The Unknown Pauline Viardot

Official Release: October 23, 2021

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The present recording celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of French composer and opera singer Pauline Viardot (1821-1910). This cosmopolitan and polyglot artist was a bright star in the cultural spheres of 19th century Europe

 

The sound disc coincides with the composers' bicentennial year, and essays vocal solos and duets, with transcriptions and editions realized by musicologist Patricia Kleinman, using Viardot’s original manuscripts. Showcasing all world premiere recordings (with the exception of Scéne de Phédre and Cana española), “The Unknown Pauline Viardot” promises to show previously unknown facets of this great female composer by showcasing a host of styles informed by her cosmopolitanism and the surprising aesthetic interests and styles she experimented with throughout the last half of the 19th century.

 

As a singer, she was a diva of the operatic stages of Paris, London, Saint Petersburg and Baden-Baden among many others. As a socialite, she maintained one of the most important artistic salons in Paris, frequented by the most well-known intellectuals and artists of the day. As a composer, she maintained a constant activity throughout her long life.

 

United by the synergy of the Pauline Viardot Bicentennial year (1821-2021), artists of the initiative Women in Music/Mujeres en Música – mezzo Anna Tonna and pianist Isabel Dobarro, together with Proyecto CompositorAs – musicologist and artistic director of the disc Patricia Kleinman and soprano Corina Feldkamp jointly present this fascinating journey of discovery of Pauline Viardot, who is now acknowledged as one of the seminal figure of 19th century European culture.

DISC CREDITS:

Artistic Director: Patricia Kleinman

Mezzo-soprano: Anna Tonna

Soprano: Corina Feldkamp

Pianist: Isabel Dobarro

Sound Engineer: Javier Monteverde Mesa

Video Production: Marcelo Bellagamba

Disc design:  Petrushka Sainz

Cezanne Productions Label; Hildergard PublishingClarNan Editions

Making of Photos
Photo credit: Niko Domínguez

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Le Moissonneur
Canción española

photos of Pauline viardot

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Early years
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1870-90
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© The Trustees of the British Museum Huguenotes 1848
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