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Lucia Swarts | Elena Malinova

Out of the Shadow

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917288827
  • Catalog number CC 72888
  • Release date 08 April 2022
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About the album

Lucia Swarts: Even as a young child, I was taught to be extra alert when women did not have the same opportunities as men.
Many women did not have the same opportunities as men to compose and publicly share their musical ideas and lead public lives as composers, with some having their freedom limited by ill health or because family or society had different plans for them.

Through the ages, female composers encountered considerable difficulties, often with fewer opportunities, support and education, even when they were members of the upper social classes. They were not in a position to enjoy worldwide fame, but several of them accomplished a great deal. Strong women, in other words.

I have chosen from the works of five special women for this CD. Five women with eventful lives who deserve a podium because of their musical qualities. Two Germans – Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Wieck – both trained in the classic Romantic school, and two French women, Melanie Bonis and Lili Boulanger; Melanie, also a classic Romantic composer in style and Lili, impressionist and exotic. Finally the Dutch composer Henriette Bosmans, whose parents influenced her in the German Romantic style but whose own interests wandered eagerly towards the French Impressionists in an ongoing quest for her own independent compositional method.

Lucia Swarts and Challenge Classics celebrate twenty years of collaboration. This new CD by Lucia focuses on chamber music by five women composers. While Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Wieck and Mel Bonis can be ascribed to a romantic ‘aura’, both Lili Boulanger and Heniette Bosmans may be included in the Impresionistic movmement, but actually trascended it via an original quest for a personal style.

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