Elena Malinova & Lucia Swarts – Out of the Shadow (2022) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Elena Malinova & Lucia Swarts – Out of the Shadow (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 49:28 minutes | 447 MB | Genre: Classical
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Even as a young child, Lucia Swarts 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.

Here, Lucia Swarts has chosen from the works of five special women. 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 Henriëtte 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.

01. Lucia Swarts – Drei Romanzen: I. Andante molto (03:00)
02. Lucia Swarts – Drei Romanzen: II. Allegretto (03:04)
03. Lucia Swarts – Drei Romanzen: III. Leidenschaftlich schnell (03:46)
04. Lucia Swarts – Sérénade Op. 46 No. 1 (03:59)
05. Lucia Swarts – D`un soir triste (09:29)
06. Lucia Swarts – Impressions: I. Cortège (05:04)
07. Lucia Swarts – Impressions: II. Nuit Calme (04:35)
08. Lucia Swarts – Impressions: III. En Espagne (04:02)
09. Lucia Swarts – Fantasia in G Minor (05:35)
10. Lucia Swarts – Capriccio in A-Flat Major (06:51)