An album around the Woman: muse, heroine, composer, singer... The women gathered in this album inspire, invent and blow sublime music. Without a word, the mysterious Melisande of Maeterlink and Debussy comes to life and fades away. Alma, a free woman and artist in the Vienna of the 1900s, imagines a suave and melancholic music. Zemlinsky, long in love with and haunted by this same Alma, entrusts to the female voice his vision of Maeterlink's most evocative poems...
Isabelle Druet takes on the role of inspirer, muse of the Victor Hugo Orchestra and of Jean-François Verdier for this new opus of the Klarthe label.

1-4 Alma Mahler Lieder (orchestrated by David and Colin Matthews)
5 Claude Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Symphony
6-11 Alexander von Zemlinsky Six melodies op.13 from the poems of Maurice Maeterlinck for mezzo-soprano and piano
12-17 Alexander von Zemlinsky Six melodies op.13 from poems by Maurice Maeterlinck for mezzo-soprano and orchestra (orchestrated by Gösta Neuwirth)

Published on September 16, 2016 by Klarthe

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Isabelle Druet, mezzo-soprano
Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra
Jean-François Verdier conductor


This album has been nominated for the ICMA - International Classical Music Awards 2017


  • France Musique "A magnificent orchestra, a magnificent conductor, a magnificent voice, a magnificent program, it makes a magnificent record" / Christian Merlin
  • Classica "Pelléas et Mélisande is very well served by the Victor Hugo Franche-Comté Orchestra, masterfully conducted by the irreproachable Jean-François Verdier.
  • France Musique "A very touching record" / Frédéric Lodéon
  • Pizzicato "An extraordinary record
  • Blog Médiapart of Frédérick Casadesus "The result? Formidable sensuality, involvement, fervor. We recommend (warmly, that's the right word) the very nice record Muses to everyone.
  • Resmusica "Magnetic singer and orchestra in a state of grace reach weightlessness
  • Musikzen "Better than a visiting card CD for the valiant Victor Hugo Orchestra conducted with style and precision by Jean-François Verdier "

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