Saint-Saëns: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Naxos: 8572454

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Saint-Saëns: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8572454
(8.572454)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th March 2011

Barcode:

0747313245475

Length:

62 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Saint-Saëns: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2


Saint-Saëns:

String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112

String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153


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The Fine Arts Quartet’s albums of Mendelssohn’s String Quintets (8570488) and Glazunov’s chamber music (8570256) were named “Recordings of the Year” by Musicweb International, and their recording of Schumann’s string quartets (8570151) was hailed by the American Record Guide as “one of the very finest chamber music recordings of the year”.

Camille Saint-Saens: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Op. 112

I. Allegro

II. Molto allegro quasi presto

III. Molto adagio

IV. Allegro non troppo

Camille Saint-Saens: String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 153

I. Allegro animato

II. Molto adagio - Andantino

III. Interludio e finale: Andantino - Allegretto con moto

BBC Music Magazine

August 2011

****

“the first movement [of the G major], designed to illustrate 'Youth', is a delightful piece of Haydnry in which the lighter textures are more comfortable for the ear”

Sunday Times

1st May 2011

***

“The Fine Arts Quartet are vibrant and thoughtful.”

The Telegraph

1st April 2011

****

“Deserving more frequent performances than they receive, Saint-Saëns’s two string quartets find persuasive champions in the Fine Arts Quartet...the influences are refracted through Saint-Saëns’s own lyrical and harmonic prism, and each work is as carefully crafted as it is extremely pleasurable to hear.”

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