Farrenc: Symphony No.1 / Overtures / etc

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Farrenc: Symphony No.1 / Overtures / etc
Solistes Européens Luxembourg, Christoph König

[ Naxos / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 6 March 2020

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Louise Farrenc was renowned in her lifetime as a pianist, composer and teacher, but it is only recently that her compositions have emerged from many years of neglect. Symphony No. 1 in C minor - cast in the German tradition - is an exceptionally accomplished work, finely orchestrated, lyrical and fiery, and a substantial contribution to the canon. The Grand Variations on a Theme by Count Gallenberg is a showcase for virtuosic elegance, and the two overtures demonstrate real theatrical drama - Overture No. 2 was admired by no less a figure than Hector Berlioz.

"Indeed, all the performances here, under conductor Christoph König, are suitably fresh and lively." ClassicsToday

"This is music, like Mendelssohn or Beethoven, which allows for a wide variety of approach and we benefit from this. The playing of the Solistes Européens is excellent throughout, well recorded, and Christoph König is an engaging and committed conductor. The Naxos price should also encourage experimentation." MusicWeb


Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 32
Overture No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 23
Overture No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 24
Grandes variations sur un thème du Comte Gallenberg, Op. 25 (Version for Piano & Orchestra)