Farrenc - Symphonies 1 & 3 | Erato 9029669852

Farrenc - Symphonies 1 & 3


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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029669852

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 9th July 2021



Insula Orchestra


Laurence Equilbey


Farrenc, Louise

Symphony no.1 in C minor, op.32
Symphony no.3 in G minor, op.36


Insula Orchestra


Laurence Equilbey


Laurence Equilbey, conducting her period-instrument Insula Orchestra, champions the composer Louise Farrenc, a prominent and pioneering figure in 19th-century Paris. This album presents two of Farrenc’s three symphonies, No.1 in C minor, first heard in 1845, and No.3 in G minor, premiered in 1849.

“The score is so well written that it deserves a prominent place in the history of the early Romantic symphony,” wrote the Financial Times after a performance of the Symphony no.3 in London, marking International Women’s Day 2018. “Equilbey and the Insula orchestra gave it a fleet, fiery performance. Their crusading spirit lived up to the day’s billing.” The Daily Telegraph observed that the symphony “was full of engaging inventions … It’s clearly a fine piece; all it needs now is to be heard, many times.”


There have been spasmodic earlier recordings of both these symphonies but Laurence Equilbey and her superb 45-strong period orchestra are more than equal to the competition. In their lucidity, colour and feeling for the music’s architecture, with climaxes unerringly prepared and clinched, these performances would be hard to better. ... This is music whose inventiveness and melodic fecundity can stand comparison with virtually any mid-19th-century symphony, and Equilbey and her forces prove ideal, committed advocates.  Richard Wigmore
Gramophone October 2021

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