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Étienne Nicholas Méhul (Composer)

Born: 22nd June 1763, Givet, France

Died: 18th October 1817, Paris, France

Nationality: French

Étienne Nicolas Méhul was a French composer, "the most important opera composer in France during the Revolution". He was also the first composer to be called a "Romantic". He is known particularly for his operas, written in keeping with the reforms introduced by Christoph Willibald Gluck.

Further Reading: Méhul

Recording of the Week, François-Xavier Roth conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony

Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth return to the music of Beethoven with a dramatic, illuminating account of the Third Symphony, coupled with an energetic performance of an overture by Méhul.

Recording of the Week, Christophe Rousset conducts Étienne Méhul's rarely-heard opera, Uthal

Katherine enjoys a rare gem of an opera by an early Romantic French composer, with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques.

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