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About TROUBADISC - I - II 

TROUBADISC was founded by the vioinist Renate Eggebrecht and the cellist Friedemann Kupsa in 1991. The direction of this committed label was evident right from the very first release – a world premiere disc of chamber works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel. Classical music not found among the more traditional repertory here provides a welcome addition and offers a totally new experience in the world of sound: lively, appealing and topical…

By now, our catalogue has expanded in the fields of contemporary music and the modern classics as well as in the area of nineteenth-century music.

We do not however view our programme as niche repertoire or an audio music dictionary; on the contrary, it represents an important contribution to a changing, more open approach to music history which can be expressed in the concept of "discovering history", making the relevance of the past audible in our present age.

The first recording worldwide of the chamber music of Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847), the Piano Quartet in A flat major 1822 and the String Quartet E flat major 1834, undertaken by the Fanny Mendelssohn Quartet and based on the autograph manuscripts of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's sister, was a sensation. The works were played for the first time in 150 years and have delighted listeners with their originality and power of expression.

(the year, written in 1842) on our label is clear evidence of how intensively this most prominent nineteenth-century female composer addressed the spiritual and artistic issues and tendencies of the German Romantic era, such as the abandonment of "classical form", the reference to "old" styles (Bach and Händel) and the inclusion of programmatic subcodes. The first-ever recording of Fanny Mendelssohn‑Hensel's celebrated autograph copy of the piano cycle "Das Jahr" "This enterprise on the part of Troubadisc seems to me to be one of the most important series on the topic of Mendelssohn-Hensel." (Klassik heute)

Our Lieder Edition presents the songs of Fanny Mendelssohn in chronological order for the first time. The representative selection of CD Vol l. runs from her first song "Ihr Töne schwingt euch fröhlich durch die Saiten" to her mature settings of the 1830s. The song "Warum sind denn die Rosen so blass?" and the "Wanderlied" of 1837 are true masterpieces in miniature, published by their composer in her op.1. CD Vol. 2 presents a further selection of finely crafted settings, in which the music is accorded equal status with the words. The most famous poets of her time are there, from Goethe to Heine, Eichendorff to Lenau. The young, highly motivated team of singers and their inspired piano accompanist have applied themselves to their task with enthusiasm and loving care.

The re-release of our earliest recordings of piano chamber music together with new and premiere recordings of both Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel's cello compositions is designed to document our early pioneering work in the days before the establishment of our label.

The grande dame of English music, Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944), a committed pioneer both as an artist and as a social reformer, set new standards in her music. The world premieres of her string chamber music, violin and cello sonatas, and songs with ensemble and piano accompaniment have been released on our label in a four-volume series; this is very dynamic music, bristling with emotion, and easily accessible. All of the performers devoted themselves to this music with such passion that reviews spoke time and again of a "sensational, really worthwhile musical discovery".

Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), the elder sister of the composer Lili Boulanger, is best known to us as a conductor and teacher of composition who was honoured as a sort of "Queen Bee of composers". Though she studied just after the turn of the century at the Paris Conservatoire together with Enesco, Koechlin and Ravel in Gabriel Fauré's composition class, her works have remained hidden from view till now.
We now have the first recordings of her inspired songs written between 1916 and 1922, a major contribution to the French song genre in the stimulating time between the late Romantic and impressionist eras. This release caused amazement and enthusiasm among listeners and critics.

Our first-ever release of the chamber music of the French composer Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) can be seen as a unique CD portrait.
It spans the creative period between 1918 ("Image") and 1978 (Trio) of this, the only woman in the "Les Six" group in Paris around 1920. Darius Milhaud was a great admirer of her music: "Germaine Tailleferre is a delightful musican. She writes slowly but with sureness.""The standard-setting, idiomatic interpretations" of this music make the listening all the more enjoyable.

Our releases of the first eight string quartets, his instrumental songs and piano songs portray the chamber-musician and born melody-maker Darius Milhaud (1892-1974). The Edition with three CDs document his creative period between 1912 and 1932, from shortly before World War 1 to shortly before World War 2, when Paris was a hive of activity, in music and the other arts. In its overwhelming breadth and depth, Milhaud's advanced tonal language evinces an amazing scope and modernity. International acclaim for this expansive series, "a sea of unused sounds", was unanimous and was rightly heaped on the committed performers. 
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