3 CDs and Book. Volume 3 from the Collection Portraits series by the label Bru Zane.
Marie Jaëll: Musique symphonique & Musique pour piano
Marie Jaëll was a well established female composer and pianist from the nineteenth century. Despite the heavy social restrictions against her gender, she was recognised as as such and was a well-respected teacher as well. Her husband – the Austrian pianist Alfred Jaëll – was involved in premiering a lot of her early works and her musicianship was highly revered and her teaching/learning method is still taught in a number of countries across the globe. Her music, which in the greater part is held in the Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire in Strasbourg, has become less well-known over the years but this book-cd aims to reveal the ambitious and beautiful works for symphony orchestra an piano.
"The concertos, one for cello, two for piano, are somewhat in the vein of Saint-Saens - demanding, energetic, reasonably lyrical…the performances on this three-CD set are all attentive, loving and technically superb, with recorded sound to match" - BBC Music Magazine
"Though her contemporaries dubbed her 'Lisztian', [Jaëll] nowadays reminds us more of Brahms, who, ironically, didn't care for her work…[this is] a fine survey of a fascinating composer" - Gramophone