Monday, November 25, 2013

Louise Farrenc Symphony No. 1 in C Minor

Louise Farrenc was a French composer. She was a virtuosa pianist and teacher. This Op. 32 First Symphony was written in 1842. Andante sostenuto - Allegro;Adagio cantabile;Menuetto: Moderato; Finale - Allegro. assai Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR. Johannes Goritzki The first movement and the finale of the symphony have sharp motives and cadences. The melodies that have been used are dark in shade. Do not be deceived by the output of this fascinating lady composer. There are no happy endings in this, her first symphony. The Adagio Cantabile is lyrical and beautiful. The style is influenced by Haydn and Beethoven. The Minuet also reminds people of a little Mozart and Mendelssohn. Goritzki has read the symphony well with sharpness and good intonation. It is disturbing to realise that this symphony and the female composer has been neglected for so long. If it is male chauvinism, then it be damned!

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