Free Download: Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 2

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Free Download: Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 2

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This week's free download is the first movement, Andante - Allegro, of Louise Farrenc's Symphony No. 2, performed by Solistes Européens Luxembourg under the baton of Christoph König. The disc it appears on was awarded four stars for both performance and recording in the July issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Louise Farrenc (1804-75) initially wrote exclusively for the piano, and her later orchestral compositions were all unpublished, although they all had very sporadic performances. Her chamber works are particularly well-received. Farrenc’s compositional output is often overlooked in the male-dominated musical canon, but her writing has been critically acclaimed. 

'The Solistes Européens with Christoph König are splendid advocates for both pieces, making the most of Farrenc's turbulent allgeos, songful melodies and generous yet transparent orchestration', writes Jessica Duchen. 'König's tempos are vivid, and the spirit and the sound alike are warm.'

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