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SAINT-SAENS, C.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Fine Arts Quartet)

Composer(s):Saint-Saens, Camille
Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572454
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The Fine Arts Quartet’s albums of Mendelssohn’s String Quintets (8.570488) and Glazunov’s chamber music (8.570256) were named “Recordings of the Year” by Musicweb International, and their recording of Schumann’s string quartets ( 8.570151) was hailed by the American Record Guide as “one of the very finest chamber music recordings of the year”. On this disc the acclaimed Fine Arts Quartet performs Camille Saint-Saëns’s two magnificent string quartets. “Saint-Saëns has been unfairly tarnished as being a lightweight composer,” notes first violinist Ralph Evans. “Listening to these serious, intellectual, brilliantly crafted yet delightful works will change minds in a

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A beautiful late flowering
Review By peterjohndean,May 2011

Saint-Saens remained a prodigy to the end of his long life. Although his style went out of fashion, he continued to write beautifully crafted melodic music in the French tradition of clarity and wit, within these late quartets a new profundity of expression, to which the Fine Arts Quartet are very sensitive.

It is hard to understand why the quartets are not more frequently played. Perhaps because they are too intimate and delicate compared to Saint-Saens more extrovert earlier works. Fortunately, with this recording we can appreciate their beauty undisturbed and they will repay repeated playings, each time revealing some new subtlety. The sound is exceptional and the disc offers remarkable value, like all Naxos recordings.

A not so common Saint Saëns
Review By BP153653,January 2014

I have listened to Saint-Saëns' works for piano (alone or with orchestra) a lot of times. I enjoyed them a lot. But there were few occasions when I was able to listen to his chamber works. So I decided to purchase this album. It comes to light once more the genius of this composer. I really recommend it. Some say that he wrote superficial music. I can't affirm or deny it. I am a Beethoven and Schumann fan, but as a music teacher I told myself once: "When one goes to a concert, he must not always hear Beethoven's Symphony 9."



Review By Art for Art’s Sake,January 2012

His [Saint-Saëns’] chamber music is elegant and refined, among the best of the late romantic period…For this post I have picked a Naxos recording of his beautiful and virtually unknown string quartets, composed in 1899 and 1918. Excellent playing by the Fine Arts Quartet. Very rewarding music, highly recommended. © Art for Art’s Sake

Review By Art for Art’s Sake,January 2012

His [Saint-Saëns’] chamber music is elegant and refined, among the best of the late romantic period…For this post I have picked a Naxos recording of his beautiful and virtually unknown string quartets, composed in 1899 and 1918. Excellent playing by the Fine Arts Quartet. Very rewarding music, highly recommended. © Art for Art’s Sake

Review By Massimo Viazzo, Musica,November 2011


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Review By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald,July 2011

The Fine Arts Quartet’s new recording of the Saint-Saens String Quartets comes up with more revelations…Ardent performances demand a reappraisal of an underestimated composer. © The New Zealand Herald

Review By William Dart, The New Zealand Herald,July 2011

The Fine Arts Quartet’s new recording of the Saint-Saens String Quartets comes up with more revelations…Ardent performances demand a reappraisal of an underestimated composer. © The New Zealand Herald

Review By Robert Johnson, Radio New Zealand,July 2011

The Fine Arts Quartet is a distinguished ensemble: its current line-up is very impressive, and they make an extremely convincing case for these two little-known quartets. Recorded in the Netherlands, this disc is beautifully engineered and can be unconditionally recommended to anyone with a taste for 19th-century chamber music. © Radio New Zealand

Review By Christian Starke, www.klassik.com,July 2011

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Review By Joaquim Zueras, Sinfonía Virtual,July 2011

En fin, dos cuartetos que podrán gustar más o menos, pero que merecen ser conocidos porque en ellos brilla la inteligente pluma de Saint-Saëns, no siempre suficientemente valorado. La agrupación Fine Arst Quartet, fue fundada en Chicago en 1946, habiendo realizado un buen número de grabaciones y giras por todo el mundo. El cuarteto de solistas se muestra sólido, resuelto y con una elegante plasticidad desprovista de innecesarios manierismos. Un fraseo muy cuidado, en el que todo resulta dúctil, fluido y desenvuelto. © Sinfonía Virtual

Review By Joaquim Zueras, Sinfonía Virtual,July 2011

En fin, dos cuartetos que podrán gustar más o menos, pero que merecen ser conocidos porque en ellos brilla la inteligente pluma de Saint-Saëns, no siempre suficientemente valorado. La agrupación Fine Arst Quartet, fue fundada en Chicago en 1946, habiendo realizado un buen número de grabaciones y giras por todo el mundo. El cuarteto de solistas se muestra sólido, resuelto y con una elegante plasticidad desprovista de innecesarios manierismos. Un fraseo muy cuidado, en el que todo resulta dúctil, fluido y desenvuelto. © Sinfonía Virtual

Review By Björn Gustavsson, Ovanmyra Missionshus,June 2011

Saint-Saëns ”String Quartets” med Fine Arts Quartet (Naxos): här möter några av musikhistoriens vackraste, mest rikhaltiga och mest komplexa verk—och med uttolkare som denna ensemble blir resultatet fantastiskt. Att lyssna på denna skiva är som att besöka ett själsligt spa. © Ovanmyra missionshus



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