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Forgotten Voices Rediscovered
Henriette Bosmans, Fania Chapiro

Brundibár Ensemble

Forgotten Voices Rediscovered

Price: € 14.95
Format: CD
Label: Fineline
UPC: 0608917241624
Catnr: FL 72416
Release date: 13 October 2023
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€ 14.95
Catalogue number
FL 72416
Release date
13 October 2023

"Performances and sound are grand."

American Record Guide, 01-5-2024

About the album

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. Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) was a Dutch half-Jewish pianist and composer and a particularly fascinating figure. Violin Sonata (1918), 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.

Diese CD wurde von einem der Themen des Brundibar Arts Festival "Inspirational Women" inspiriert, das uns zu diesen wunderbaren jüdisch-niederländischen Komponistinnen führte, die den Holocaust überlebt haben. Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) war eine niederländische Pianistin und Komponistin mit einem jüdischen Elternteil und eine besonders faszinierende Persönlichkeit. Violinsonate (1918), aus Bosmans' frühesten kompositorischen Debüts. Das spürt man auch in der Musik: Das Stück ist voller jugendlicher Leidenschaft, Leben und Charme. Klaviertrio (1921) war ein Geburtstagsgeschenk von Bosmans an ihre Mutter. Das Stück ist eine frühe Komposition, überwiegend romantisch mit Anklängen an spanische Leidenschaft, französischen Impressionismus und Anklänge aus dem Nahen Osten. Fania Chapiro (1926-1994) war eine niederländische Pianistin und Komponistin in verleichbarer Situation, die in den ehemaligen Niederländisch-Indien aufwuchs. Genau wie Bosmans hatte sie Auftrittsverbot. Da sie sich ohne ihre Musik müßig und leer fühlte, organisierte sie heimlich Hauskonzerte. Cello-Sonate Nr.2 (1956): Das ganze Werk ist von Prokofjews Einfluss geprägt. Das Finale hat einen starken Jazz-Einschlag. Trotzdem schreibt Chapiro in einer ganz eigenen Sprache.


Liubov Ulybysheva (violoncello)


Performances and sound are grand.
American Record Guide, 01-5-2024

Sparkling and heartfelt performance by the Brundibar Ensemble, composed of three solid and close-knit musicians (...)
Classic Voice, 15-4-2024

These are beautifully recorded performances and are deserving of the highest praise. The Brundibár Ensemble perform with dedication and commitment and are persuasive advocates for these charming scores.
Music Web International, 16-1-2024

This new recording of Bosmans' works easily eclipses the previous one (Toccata Classics). 
Diapason, 01-1-2024

The Brundibár Ensemble has perfomed this forgotten repertoire with love and great care, and delivers a performance that is truly remarkable. Indeed, a formidable bull's-eye.
Opus Klassiek, 01-11-2023

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