22 September 2016 -
Just published by Audite, the CD dedicated to Saint Saens with the Quartetto di Cremona and Andrea Lucchesini in the quintet has already attracted international attention, the cultural supplement of Der Spiegel included it among the most interesting innovations.
The program will run in Venice for Fondazione Bru-Zane September 29 next
Camille SAINT-SAËNS / Jules MASSENET
Paraphrase sur La Mort de Thaïs de Massenet
String Quartet no.1
Almost half a century separates the only quintet for piano and strings by Saint-Saëns (1855) and his first string quartet (1899). Although he made a lasting mark on the works for quintet with piano when he was just twenty with an important and ambitious work, in his maturity he responded to the call of the quartet as an obligatory passage, but offering a limpid, mobile and unexpected work, at the limits of impressionism. Composing for drawing-rooms, in 1895 he published a paraphrase of the last scene of Thaïs, despite a lasting enmity towards Massenet.