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Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet/ Piano Quartet/ Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Cristina Ortiz) (Naxos: 8572904)


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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Saint-Saens
  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00B28D5QA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op 41 - Cristina Ortiz/Fine Arts Quartet
2. Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 14 - Cristina Ortiz/Fine Arts Quartet
3. Barcarolle in F major, Op 108 - Cristina Ortiz/Fine Arts Quartet

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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 composers 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.

Review

'…its power,fertile ideas and scrupulous design are both arresting an appealing.' --Gramophone, May'13

'A gripping performance of Saint-Saens's Piano Quartet, sparkling account of the early Piano Quintet and sublime Barcarolle make a superlative disc from the Fine Arts Quartet and Christina Ortiz.' --BBC Music Magazine September 2013

'The Fine Arts Quartet and Cristina Ortiz provide beautifully articulated accounts of both works; the later Barcarolle (1897, arranged in 1909 for piano quartet) catching the rippling textures of the latter's opening superbly well.' --International Piano, January/February 2014

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD
It is hard not to be convinced that these works are complete masterpieces on hearing Cristina Ortiz's superb pianism. In the Quartet the variety of tone and pedalling she gets in the opening repeated figuration holds the ear through every phrase, and there is a sense of enjoyment of the sonority and elation at the beauty of the music. It's certainly better than the other version I have, which had led me to think it was a bit second-rate, but it isn't. The Barcarolle and Quintet are equally seductive, the latter being quite like a concerto in its big writing for the piano and brilliant tone, with the whole range of the keyboard used. The top register is particularly brilliant, set against sonorous chords written thickly in the bass. You really sit up and listen - not so unlike the Tchaikovsky Trio, or a big, square box of chocolates, just the right elegant flatness (because there is deeper music, certainly), with a charming tiled pattern suggestive of Egypt - the ideal thing to go with listening to it, in fact ... The sound is full, warm, integrated in terms of the strings against the piano, and full of subtle nuances in the piano: it's a dream of a disc.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. P. Wells on 27 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Although all three of the works on this disc were new to me (I know, tut tut), such is Saint-Saens' gift for lyricism and melodic lines that even upon a single hearing, the works firmly fixed themselves in my ears. It's hard not to be seduced by this music, especially when the advocates for these works are of such a high calibre.

The Fine Arts Quartet and Cristina Ortiz have collaborated many times before, including several very well-received releases for Naxos, and I am delighted to say that this CD is up to their usual standard. The level of understanding between the players is evident through the superb sense of ensemble, amply demonstrated throughout each work. They begin with the B flat major Piano Quartet, an instantly attractive work that displays fine playing from all. I was initially a little concerned by a few - very brief - moments in the first movement, where first violin Ralph Evans seemed to have a slight tendency to veer on the sharp side (such as the trill, 5:08), but fortunately this was nowhere to be found on the remainder of the disc, nor did it affect my enjoyment of the opening movement in any significant way. I loved the playful scherzo-like third movement, ripe with Mendelssohnian impishness, not to mention the finale of Schubert's `Death and the Maiden' Quartet. It's fascinating to hear Saint-Saens dealing with these influences but coming out on the other side with his own, distinctive compositional voice.

Sandwiched in between the Quartet and Quintet is a Barcarolle, Op. 108, which the blurb on the back of the CD case describes as `gorgeous'.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Will on 18 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is simply a fabulous CD, as one would hope from the all-star line-up. It charmed me from the first few notes, with warm, clear playing from all and a good recording - I particularly like the fact that the atmospheric noise (like string fingering) has been left in, transporting you into the middle of the ensemble. Like Mendelssohn, with whom he was often compared, Saint-Saens in the wrong hands can be a bit dull. Instead this thoughtful playing has both warmth and drama with lovely clarity. I have listened to it again and again; all three works are strong (and fit together nicely - good programming!), although my favourite is the Quartet which opens the disc.

I don't think I really need to say any more! Buy it if you like Saint-Saens, French music or just chamber music in general; you won't be disappointed. A final bonus is the traditional Naxos low price - I would have paid twice as much for this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By emmajane on 12 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
The sound quality and balance between the Fine Arts Quartet and Cristina Ortiz is excellent throughout this recording. All three works on the CD are pleasing to listen to and the articulation, dynamics and ensemble playing throughout is impressive. I particularly enjoyed listening to Cristina Ortiz's playing in the Piano Quintet in A minor, in which her talent as a performer really stands out. This CD is a great choice for those who enjoy the music of Saint-Saens - you will struggle to find a recording of better quality!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bitternwatcher on 26 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to this CD almost non-stop since I got it and wonder if I shall ever tire of it. I am a great fan of Saint-Saens, but for some reason had neither heard these pieces in concert nor as a recording and I wonder why not as they richly deserve greater exposure. The Fine Arts Quartet play them with gusto and beautifully incisive articulation and the balance between the piano and strings is superb. This is top notch playing from all the musicians and there is real chemistry between them. My Christmas presents for 2014 are already solved: everyone I know will get a copy of this addictive CD.
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