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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
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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 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 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 Remy Franck,Pizzicato,June 2011

Die vier Musiker des ‘Fine Arts Quartet’ zeigen ihre Kunst einmal mehr in Werken, die nicht gerade zum geläufigen Repertoire gehören, und werden aus Überzeugung zu erstklassigen Anwälten der beiden Quartette von Camille Saint- Saëns…Das erste Quartett fasziniert mit einem melancholisch und hintergründig brodelnden ersten Satz, einem virtuosen zweiten Satz, einem wunderbar kantablen, tief empfundenen Adagio und einem nervös dramatischen Finalsatz. Im dreisätzigen Quartett op. 153 hatte Saint-Saëns kein so reich gefülltes Füllhorn an kompositorischen Einfällen zur Verfügung. Aber, was an Einfallskraft fehlt, macht das Fine Arts Quartet mit typisch französischer Eleganz wett. Und so haben

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