Farrenc & Saint-Saens - Romatic Dreams: Piano Quintets | ABC Classics ABC4819887

Farrenc & Saint-Saens - Romatic Dreams: Piano Quintets


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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4819887

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 9th October 2020



Be transported back in time to the salons of 19th-century Paris by one of Australiaís finest historically inspired ensembles. Acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Ironwood revive the sounds of the French Romantic through works by Louise Farrenc and Camille Saint-SaŽns.

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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