Saint-Saens & Chausson - Piano Quartets | Chandos CHAN10914

Saint-Saens & Chausson - Piano Quartets


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10914

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd September 2016



In this eagerly-awaited new recording on Chandos, the Schubert Ensemble returns with a programme that has been in its repertoire for many years: the piano quartets by Saint-SaŽns and Chausson.

It would be hard to find a more vivid demonstration of the variety of French music-making in the last quarter of the nineteenth century than these two quartets, and the differences between them are all the more striking in that neither of them conforms wholly to the casual clichť of French music as being light, graceful, charming, and anti anything that might be classed as intellectual.

From Saint-SaŽnsís witty and elegant Quartet in B flat major to Chaussonís relatively unknown, rhapsodic, and full-blooded Quartet in A major, the thirty-year-old Schubert Ensemble reveals two extremes of the French romantic repertoire and here offers a rare, attractive, and diverse programme.

Schubert Ensemble:
- Simon Blendis (violin)
- Douglas Patterson (viola)
- Jane Salmon (cello)
- William Howard (piano)

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