Forgotten Voices Rediscovered

Brundibar Ensemble

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Format: CD

Cat No: FL72416

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Release Date:  24 November 2023

Label:  Fineline

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  0608917241624

Genres:  Classical  Chamber Music  

  • Description

    This CD was inspired by one of Brundibar Arts Festival's themes "Inspirational Women" which lead us to these wonderful Jewish-Dutch female composers who survived the Holocaust.

    Henriette Bosmans (1895-1952) was a Dutch half-Jewish pianist and composer and a particularly fascinating figure. Violin Sonata (1918) is from Bosmans' earliest compositional debuts. This can be sensed in the music: the piece is full of youthful passion, life and charm. Piano Trio (1921) was a birthday gift by Bosmans to her mother. The piece is an early composition, predominantly Romantic with hints of Spanish passion, French Impressionism, and echoes from the Middle East.

    Fania Chapiro (1926-1994) was a Dutch half-Jewish pianist and composer who grew up in the former Dutch Indies. Just like Bosmans, she was prohibited from performing. Feeling idle and empty without her music, she organised clandestine house concerts. Cello Sonata no.2 (1956): Prokofiev's influence pervades the whole work.

    The finale has a strong jazz feel. Despite this, Chapiro writes in a language uniquely her own.


    Alexandra Raikhlina - Violin
    Liubov Ulybysheva - Violoncello
    Daniel Grimwood - Piano

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Bosmans: Sonata For Violin And Piano I. Allegro Passionato, Ma Non Troppo Mosso
      • 2. II Non Troppo Presto
      • 3. III. Adagio
      • 4. Iv. Moderato Assai
      • 5. Chapiro: Sonata For Violincell And Piano I. Andantino
      • 6. II. Scherzo, Allegro Molto
      • 7. III. Allegretto
      • 8. Iv. Presto Agitato
      • 9. Bosmans: Piano Trio I. Allegro Con Brio
      • 10. II. Andante Moderato
      • 11. III. Andante - Molto Vivace