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Exceptional cello/piano duo music from 1911-1918 by 4 female composers
Release 19th January 2024

"UPHEAVAL” is an exceptional project in several aspects. First, it presents four compositions for cello and piano written by female composers from the first part of the 20th century, challenging the cultural norms of the day and secondly, the title “Upheaval”, also refers to the tumultuous period around the First World War.
The works featured on this recording are Henriëtta Bosmansʼ Sonata for Cello and Piano (1919), Dora Pejačevićʼs Sonata for Cello and Piano (1913), Nadia Boulangerʼs Trois pièces (1914), and Lili Boulangerʼs Nocturne (1911), were all written over an eight-year period in France, the Netherlands, and Croatia. Henriëtte Bosmans was one of Hollandʼs greatest pianists, and a composer of great distinction as her sweeping, early Cello Sonata proves. Countess Maria Theodora Paulina (Dora) Pejačević is rightfully considered the matri- arch of Croatian composers. Her Cello Sonata, Opus 35 embodies late romanticism, with influences of Mendels- sohn, Brahms and Dvorak particularly evident. The program concludes with works from two amazing sisters: Nadia (1887–1979) and Lili Boulanger (1893–1918). Both were pioneers in their fields (Lili was the First Woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome, and Nadia, for teaching about every major post-war composer) and were for many years, two of the best-known women in music in the twentieth century.
The artists, the husband-and-wife cello/piano duo of Janne Fredens (cello) and Søren Rastogi (piano) approach this program with a sense of profound commitment and mission, recognizing that there performances of such unfamiliar repertoire may well serve as a benchmark for future artists. Both are active soloists and teach at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. The chosen instrument for the recording is the Bechstein Gran Piano to match the beautiful tone of Janneʼs cello, and to give an impression of the periods piano sound.
This is a highly recommended recording for fans of unfamiliar chamber music, advocates for women composers
hear glorious music played by great musicians with passion and commitment.



April 25, 2024

Great review in Music Web International

Rob Challinor


April 13, 2024

Great review in The Whole Note (Canada)

Terry Robbins


February 20, 2024

BBC Music Magazine

Rebecca Franks


February 16, 2024

Great Bayrisher Rundfunk presentation

January 31, 2024

Classical Source 4 out of 5 stars

Rob Pennock


January 29, 2024

Great Gramophone review

Peter J Rabinowitz


January 28, 2024

POV International (DK)

Jens Carl Sanderhoff


January 22, 2024

5 note review in Pizzicato

Pál Körtefa


January 22, 2024

Klassisk Bureau (DK) Great review

Rachel Einarsson


January 4, 2024

Klassik Heute Germany 10/9/9

Antje Rößler


December 4, 2023

Exceptional interesting 5 stars review in Fanfare

Jerry Dubins


December 1, 2023

Third great 5 stars review in Fanfare

Peter Burwasser

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