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Louise Farrenc & Camille Saint-Saens: Romantic Dreams – Quintets for Piano and Strings (CD)

Acclaimed period-instrument ensemble Ironwood revive the sounds of the French Romantic through works by Louise Farrenc and Camille Saint-Saëns. These wonderful piano quintets provide contrasting glimpses of the rapidly changing tastes of mid-19th-century Paris, from the Schubertian Classicism in Farrenc’s piece to Saint-Saëns’ incredible work that seems to move from the Baroque to Blondie (yes, really!) via cabaret and the shimmering sounds of early Hollywood.

    LOUISE FARRENC 1804–1875 Quintet for piano and strings No. 1 in A minor, Op. 30 1

    1. Allegro
    2. Adagio non troppo 
    3. Scherzo (Presto)
    4. Finale (Allegro) CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS 1835–1921 Quintet for piano and strings in A minor, Op. 14
    5. Allegro moderato e maestoso
    6. Andante sostenuto
    7. Presto
    8. Allegro assai, ma tranquillo