Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1-3; Overtures in E minor-E flat

Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1-3; Overtures in E minor-E flat

Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1-3; Overtures in E minor-E flat

Louise Farrenc: Symphonies 1-3; Overtures in E minor-E flat

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Overview

Arguably the greatest success in the ongoing rediscovery of neglected music by women has been Louise Farrenc, who, at the last turn of the century, was all but unknown. She managed to become a professor of piano at the Conservatoire de Paris, even though women students were not admitted, and much of her piano music is bold and entirely distinctive. Her chamber music, including a Nonet that was celebrated even in its own time, is also very strong. Farrenc's orchestral music, all of which is gathered on the present release except for that involving piano, dates from later in her career and is not quite on the same level, but any audience of the 1840s, when all three symphonies were composed, would have considered them state-of-the-art. The two minor-key works are Beethovenian in spirit and in concision; there is nothing of the diffuse structures of a Hummel or a Czerny here. Surely Farrenc knew the orchestral music of Mendelssohn, clearly audible in the sprightly Symphony No. 2 in D major, in D major, Op. 35. Another model is Mozart; compare the Overture No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 24, with the mature opera overtures of Mozart, especially that of Don Giovanni. Farrenc's orchestration is lively throughout. The historical-instrument performances of the Insula Orchestra and conductor Laurence Equilbey are not as smooth as other work by this ensemble but probably do a good job of conveying what this music sounded like at its first performances. Essential for collections of music by women, this release is highly listenable for anyone. ~ James Manheim

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2023
Label: Erato
UPC: 5054197522109
Rank: 46460

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 32~I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 32~II. Adagio cantabile
  3. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 32~III. Minuetto: Moderato
  4. Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 32~IV. Finale: Allegro assai
  5. Symphony No. 3 in G minor Op. 36~I. Adagio - Allegro
  6. Symphony No. 3 in G minor Op. 36~II. Adagio cantabile
  7. Symphony No. 3 in G minor Op. 36~III. Scherzo: Vivace
  8. Symphony No. 3 in G minor Op. 36~IV. Finale: Allegro

Disc 2

  1. Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 35~I. Andante - Allegro
  2. Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 35~II. Andante
  3. Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 35~III. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 35~IV. Andante - Allegro
  5. Ouverture No. 1 in E minor Op. 23
  6. Ouverture No. 2 in E flat Op. 24

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurence Equilbey   Primary Artist,Conductor
Insula Orchestra   Primary Artist,Orchestra

Technical Credits

Daniel Fesquet   Liner Note Translation
Laure Casenave-Pere   Editing,Producer
Paul Mitchell   Design
Christin Heitmann   Liner Notes
Vincent Mons   Engineer
Louise Farrenc   Composer
Saul Lipetz   Liner Note Translation
Julien Benhamou   Photography
Dominic Torsten Eisenbeiser   Liner Note Translation
Laurence Equilbey   Liner Notes
Luigi Rubio   Portraits
Leopold Randon Du Grolier   Assistant Engineer
Dominic Horsfall   Liner Note Translation
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