French composer Gustave Charpentier, born in the Moselle on 25 June 1860, died in Paris on 18 February 1956. An affair with a young seamstress was the inspiration for his most successful work, the opera Louise (completed 1896). He used income from performances to found the Conservatoire Populaire Mimi Pinson to teach music to working class girls.
A selection of M&V articles about Gustave Charpentier
Ensemble. Frustratingly Patchy - Charpentier's 'Louise', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. An Interesting Idea - Opera North's 'From Paris with Love', reviewed by Mike Wheeler
Outstanding Playing - An organ recital by John Kitchen, heard by Mike Wheeler
DVD Spotlight. A Disparate Experiment - 'Aria - Special Edition', reviewed by Howard Smith. 'You never know what you're gonna get.'
Ensemble. A Special Privilege - Massenet's 'Don Quichotte' in San Diego, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Respect and Understanding - A CD celebrating 300 years of Charpentier, reviewed by Peter Howell. 'The performance is excellent throughout.'
Drama in the music - Robert Hugill muses on the staging of Handel's oratorios
Ensemble. Radiantly musical - Les Arts Florissants perform music by Charpentier, reviewed by Robert Hugill
CD Spotlight - Showing paces. '... the oratorio performances can only give pleasure.' Charpentier's dramatic strengths, with Robert Anderson