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SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Quartet / Piano Quintet / Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Ortiz)

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release date: March 2013

Originally recorded in 2013


Cristina Ortiz


Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet


Concert Hall of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, New York, USA

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Total Time - 70:53
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Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op. 41

1 I. Allegretto 7:41
2 II. Andante maestoso ma con moto 6:38
3 III. Poco allegro piu tosto moderato - Allegro non troppo - Allegro - Molto allegro - Presto - Prestissimo 6:45
4 IV. Allegro - Mouvement du premier morceau - Allegro non troppo - Tempo primo 10:37

Barcarolle in F major, Op. 108


Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 14

6 I. Allegro moderato e maestoso 10:23
7 II. Andante sostenuto 6:06
8 III. Presto 5:15
9 IV. Allegro assai, ma tranquillo 8:19
 Cristina Ortiz Soloist

Saint-Saëns holds a vital place in the history of French chamber music. At a time when his compatriots were more devoted to opera and song, Saint-Saëns (who wrote both, too) repeatedly produced chamber music of compelling individuality and lasting significance. The 1875 Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op 41 remains one of the great works in the chamber repertory, a masterful example of the composer’s organisational skill and lyric gifts. The gorgeous Barcarolle is followed by the youthful Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 14, a brilliantly confident work with a concerto-like rôle for the piano.

 "... The Fine arts Quartet and Cristina Ortiz provide beautifully articulated accounts of both works ..."

Guy Rickards - International Piano magazine - January/February 2014

"... Very strongly recommended."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - September/October2013

 "A gripping performance of Saint-Saëns’s Piano Quartet, sparkling account of the early Piano Quintet and sublime Barcolle make a superlative disc from the Fine Arts Quartet and Christina Ortiz"  *****

Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section) - September 2013

 "... Cristina Ortiz’s piano, though light in touch, nevertheless assumes real power when she is called upon to do so.  She also has a sure grasp of the piano’s role within each movement on this CD, which keeps her playing in perfect balance to the strings; and of course, the Fine Arts Quartet members are old hands at playing chamber music regardless of era or style. I do not hesitate to recommend this disc ..."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - July/August 2013

                          Repertoire *****      Sound ****      Interpretation *****

Hans-Dieter Grünefeld - Ensemble magazine - June/July 2013

                   Recording of the Month 

           "...The Fine Arts Quartet and the always reliable Cristina Ortiz deliver winning performances that are a joy to the ear.  A gorgeous programme of Saint-Saëns’ beguiling chamber music played with great authority and flair."
Ian Lace - April 2013

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