Saint-Saens - Piano Quintet, String Quartet no.1 | Audite AUDITE97728

Saint-Saens - Piano Quintet, String Quartet no.1


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Label: Audite

Cat No: AUDITE97728

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd September 2016



Quartetto di Cremona
Andrea Lucchesini (piano)
Andrea Lumachi (double bass)


Saint-Saens, Camille

Piano Quintet in A minor, op.14
String Quartet no.1 in E minor, op.112


Quartetto di Cremona
Andrea Lucchesini (piano)
Andrea Lumachi (double bass)


Six Italians and one Frenchman: a consummate realisation of Saint-SaŽnsís multifaceted musical idiom. For its latest CD featuring works by Camille Saint-SaŽns, the award-winning Quartetto di Cremona draws on sixteen years of giving concerts and making recordings. Leading Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet: the third movement of the work is presented here in the rare version adding a double bass (ad lib.).

These two chamber music works of the French composer represent crucial stages in his oeuvre: the Piano Quintet, a work of early perfection, demonstrates Saint-SaŽnsís engagement with German Romanticism, particularly with Robert Schumann and his formal idiom. The String Quartet, marking the transition into his late style, represents the first chamber piece in which Saint-SaŽns leaves out his own instrument, the piano. Here, his version of the classical style Ė clear forms and a colourful expressive spectrum Ė becomes especially clear. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art Ė the contrasts characterising Saint-SaŽnsís musical idiom are perfectly realised by the Quartetto di Cremona.

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