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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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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



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



Review By James Manishen,Winnipeg Free Press,June 2011

YOU usually think of Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921) as an expert craftsman with a fund of memorable melody set to charm and please, not a composer to challenge, argue or reflect in his music. But Saint-Saëns was far more than just a functional composer, as shown in his two string quartets written when he was in his 60s and 80s.

Quartet No. 1 in E minor is autumnal and deeply reflective; its dedication to the great Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe is evident in the featured writing for the first violin. The slow movement could almost be a Beethoven cavatina. No. 2 in G major recalls Mozart initially, but quickly moves into its own world.

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Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,June 2011

what comes to mind when thinking of this composer are the big orchestral and operatic works (and that ubiquitous Swan!). But there exists also a wealth of chamber music works in most forms and some rather unusual combinations, yet no works for piano and chamber ensemble—a bit surprising since Saint-Saëns was a performance-calibre pianist himself. The quartets, especially the later one in G, Op. 153 are rather modern-sounding—not much romantic flavour there. The Fine Arts Quartet has had many changes of personnel over the years, but its standard of playing has never been less than superb—as is the case with these quartets, with much presence and warm sound in the recording.



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