Farrenc & Saint-Saens - Romatic Dreams: Piano Quintets
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Label: ABC Classics
Cat No: ABC4819887
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 9th October 2020
WorksPiano Quintet no.1 in A minor, op.30
Piano Quintet in A minor, op.14
These wonderful piano quintets provide contrasting glimpses of the rapidly changing tastes of mid-19th-century Paris, from the Schubertian Classicism in Farrencís piece to Saint-SaŽnsís incredible work that seems to move from the Baroque to Blondie (yes, really!) via cabaret and the shimmering sounds of early Hollywood.
Ironwoodís novel interpretation of these works reflects the ensembleís research into historical performance practices, informed by very early acoustic, electrical and piano roll recordings Ė including some by Saint-SaŽns himself Ė and by contemporaneous written texts by French and Belgian musicians.
Through this research, coupled with the sounds of gut-strung stringed instruments and an original …rard concert grand piano from 1869, this recording reimagines the expressive sound world that these composers envisaged for their sumptuous music.
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