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Mademoiselle: Premiere audience - Unknown Music of Nadia Boulanger


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3496  
Composer:  Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy MauroNicole CabellAlek ShraderEdwin Crossley-Mercer,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Delos has the tremendous honor of issuing the first-ever album devoted to the wonderful compositions of Nadia Boulanger: truly a release of great historical importance. None dispute that Boulanger was by far the twentieth century’s most influential composition teacher. Yet “Mademoiselle,” as she has long been known in the music world, dismissed her own works as “useless,” with the result that they are almost completely unknown to the musical public today. But not anymore. Music lovers everywhere can now hear Boulanger’s complete works, published and unpublished (including 13 world premieres), in the genres of the art song, solo piano, cello and piano, and organ, as performed by an all-star array of musicians. Mademoiselle’s music, with its Read more beauty and originality, will amaze listeners everywhere.

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REVIEW:

Absolutely nothing about this record denotes one of the most important classical records of this or any year -- not the venerable but small American label Delos or the French, Israeli, and American musicians involved.

But what you've got here is historic and very great indeed: the first recording of music by one of the most important figures in all of 20th century music but one whose own music has been kept under virtual lock and key since her death in 1979 at the age of 92.

Nadia Boulanger's own compositional life occupied only a small part of her very long life: from 1901 to 1922. She didn't think her own music was worth much. You will differ completely after hearing these two discs. Listen to these songs, piano pieces and works for cello and piano and you'll, in fact, be dumbfounded that it took so long for this music to have its world premiere on record.

– Buffalo News (Jeff Simon) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Versailles by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
2.
J'ai frappé by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
3.
Chanson by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
4.
Chanson by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
5.
Heures ternes by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
6.
Le beau navire by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
7.
Mon coeur by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
8.
Doute by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
9.
Un grand sommeil noir by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
10.
L'êchange by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
11.
Soir d'hiver by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
12.
Ilda by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
13.
Prière by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
14.
Cantique by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
15.
Poéme d'amour by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
16.
Extase by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
17.
La mer by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
18.
Aubade by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
19.
Au bord de la route by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
20.
Le Couteau by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
21.
Soleils couchants by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
22.
Élégie by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
23.
O schwöre nicht by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
24.
Was will die einsame Thräne? by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
25.
Ach, die Augen sind es wieder by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Alek Shrader (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
26.
Écoutez la chanson bien douce by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Nicole Cabell (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
27.
Vers la Vie nouvelle by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; France 
28.
Pieces (3) for Piano by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
29.
Pieces (3) for Cello and Piano by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Lucy Mauro (Piano), Amit Peled (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
30.
Improvisations (3) for Organ by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  François-Henri Houbart (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
31.
Pièce sur des airs populaires flamands , for organ ("A ma petite Lili") by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  François-Henri Houbart (Organ)
Period: 20th Centujry 
Written: France 

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