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Farrenc: Symphony No. 1; Overtures Nos. 1-2; Grand Variations on a Theme by Count Gallenberg
Composed by Louise Farrenc (1804-1875). Classical. CD. Naxos #8574094. Published by Naxos (NX.8574094).
Item Number: NX.8574094
Louise Farrenc was renowned in her lifetime as a pianist, composer and teacher, but it is only recently that her compositions have emerged from many years of neglect, Symphony No. 1 in C minor- cast in the German tradition- is an exceptionally accomplished work, finely orchestrated, lyrical and fiery, and a substantial contribution to the canon. The Grand Variations on a Theme by Count Gallenberg is a showcase for virtuosic elegance, and the two overtures demonstrate real theatrical drama- Overture No. 2 was admired by no less a figure than Hector Berlioz.