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Gustave Charpentier

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


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