Jean Muller, Solistes Europeens, Luxembourg & Christoph König – Farrenc: Orchestral Works (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 58:16 minutes | 1,02 GB | Genre: Classical
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Louise Farrenc was renowned in her lifetime as a pianist, composer and teacher, but it is only recently that her compositions have emerged from many years of neglect, Symphony No. 1 in C minor- cast in the German tradition- is an exceptionally accomplished work, finely orchestrated, lyrical and fiery, and a substantial contribution to the canon. The Grand Variations on a Theme by Count Gallenberg is a showcase for virtuosic elegance, and the two overtures demonstrate real theatrical drama- Overture No. 2 was admired by no less a figure than Hector Berlioz.
Pursuing a musical career was no easy matter for women in the 19th century, but Louise Farrenc’s character and determination resulted in her becoming a respected part of the European scene, and the first ever female senior professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire. Farrenc’s Second Symphony owes something to Mozartian models, with imaginative writing for winds and hints of Beethoven. The Third Symphony is notable for a richness of harmonic writing which, in its colour and lyricism, is reminiscent of Mendelssohn and Schumann.
01. I. Andante sostenuto – Allegro
02. II. Adagio cantabile
03. III. Minuetto. Moderato
04. IV. Finale. Allegro assai
05. Overture No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 23
06. Overture No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 24
07. Grandes variations sur un thème du Comte Gallenberg, Op. 25 (Version for Piano & Orchestra)
Jean Muller, piano (track 7)
Solistes Européens, Luxembourg
Christoph König, conductor