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Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet; String Quartet No. 1 / Andrea Lucchesini, piano; Andrea Lumachi, double bass; Quartetto di Cremona

Album Summary

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 14
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, Op. 112
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Notes & Reviews:

For its latest CD featuring works by Camille Saint-Sans, the award-winning Quartetto di Cremona draws on sixteen years of giving concerts and making recordings. Leading Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet: the third movement of the work is presented here in the rare version adding a double bass (ad lib.). These two chamber music works of the French composer represent crucial stages in his oeuvre: the Piano Quintet, a work of early perfection, demonstrates Saint-Sans' engagement with German Romanticism, particularly with Robert Schumann and his formal idiom. The String Quartet, marking the transition into his late style, represents the first chamber piece in which Saint-Sans leaves out his own instrument, the piano. Here, his version of the classical style - clear forms and a colourful expressive spectrum - becomes especially clear. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art - the contrasts characterizing Saint-Sans' musical idiom are perfectly realized by the Quartetto di Cremona.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte', Poirino (03/29/2016-03/31/2016).



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Works Details

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quintet for piano & strings in A minor, Op. 14
  • Performer: Andrea Lucchesini (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Quartetto di Cremona
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte', Poirino (03/29/2016-03/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1855

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Quartet for Strings no 1 in E minor, Op. 112
  • Notes: Fondazione Spinola Banna per l'Arte', Poirino (03/29/2016-03/31/2016)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899