L’Heure Rose | Analekta AN29141

L’Heure Rose

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Label: Analekta

Cat No: AN29141

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 23rd June 2014

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About

With her new album, 'L'Heure Rose', Hélène Guilmette, the soprano with a brilliant voice, gives new life to 10 female composers of the late 19th and the 20th centuries.

In an era when men had complete control over artistic creativity, some women claimed their own right to be creative. Mostly forgotten, these women composers now step into the light, thanks to Guilmette’s new album on the Analekta label. Twenty-three songs on various themes, some texts from their own pen, some by authors of the era. Hélène Guilmette and pianist Martin Dubé bring back to life, on this album, 10 of these musical pioneers through the exquisite pages they have created. L'Heure Rose is now!

It was while taking a stroll on the Rue de Rome in Paris that Hélène Guilmette had her eyes opened over the tremendous melodic richness found in the pages of one of these composers: Mel Bonis (1858-1937). It was the first step towards many more wonderful discoveries: Augusta Holmès (1847-1903), Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), Marguerite Canal (1890-1978), Pauline Viardot (1821-1910), Wally Karveno (1914-), Lili Boulanger (1893-1918), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Quebecker Jeanne Landry (1922-2011), and finally, Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), who is best recognised for her achievements as one of the most influential composition teachers of the 20th century.

Despite an era when the colour pink lacked receptivity, some of these ladies have distinguished themselves by joining, whether as singers, pianists, students or even as composers, the exclusive club of famous composers (Franck, Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Massenet, Meyerbeer). However, history failed to remember their contribution to the musical repertoire.

With her refined musicality, Hélène Guilmette gives us the works of some women with a tough background, exceptional ladies and works characterized by originality and vitality.

This debut album dedicated to women's music is the result of many years of difficult research. Because of the repertoire's vastness, and mostly because of the rarity of certain scores, every melody that was recovered becomes a real treasure”, states Hélène Guilmette.

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