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Saint-Saens: Piano Quartet, Op. 41; Jongen: Piano Quartet, Op. 23 / Quatuor Gabriel

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Posthumous pieces
>Dallier, Henri Edouard : Invocations (5), for organ
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Improvisations, Op. 150
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasy for Organ in E flat major
>Delvincourt, Claude : Sortie de Fête, for organ
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Since its creation in 1988 by four prize winners of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Gabriel Quartet has acquired a repertoire of almost 50 quartets with piano. They are particularly interested in French repertoire for this ensemble and their recordings have garnered critical praise and awards.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The Jongen Piano Quartet also deserves more hearings, and recordings of this Belgian composer, once largely remembered only for his Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra, have been rapidly increasing. In contrast to the classicism of Saint-Saens's Quartet, Jongen's shares the language of Chausson and Franck. This is thick-textured and emotionally charged music, and the Gabriel Quartet is equal to the demands of its expressive tensions and contrasts. The performance compares well with the only other recording of this work, by the Ensemble Joseph Jongen on the Cypres label. The latter, however, has the added attraction of Jongen's Trio - one of the most effective of rare viola trios, and like the Piano Quartet, also worthy of more attention.



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Works Details

>Franck, César : Posthumous pieces :: Offertoire Symphonique
  • Performer: Marie Ducrot (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Gabriel
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1858-1863

>Dallier, Henri Edouard : Invocations (5), for organ
  • Performer: Marie Ducrot (Organ)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Improvisations, Op. 150 :: no 7 in A minor
  • Performer: Marie Ducrot (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Fantasy for Organ in E flat major
  • Performer: Marie Ducrot (Organ)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1857

>Delvincourt, Claude : Sortie de Fête, for organ
  • Performer: Marie Ducrot (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910