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04 Mar 2006

Viardot And Friends, Wigmore Hall, London

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/music/reviews/article349015.ece

By Robert Maycock [Independent, 3 March 2006]

It was meant to be the evocation of a star from 19th-century Paris. Pauline Viardot, the Spanish-born mezzo-soprano, inspired the city's composers with her voice, and the writer Ivan Turgenev with her soul and whatever else it took to establish a ménage à trois alongside her accommodating husband. You can read histories of the period and scarcely be aware of her prowess as a composer. This concert aimed to set the record straight.

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