Walckiers: String Quintets No. 2 & 4

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Catalog: ES2084

Fabergé Quintet

They've done it again! The fabergé quintet excels in the ravishing premiere recordings of the String Quintets Nos. 2 and 4 by the almost forgotten French composer Eugène Walckiers (1793-1866). Following their highly acclaimed and award-winning recordings of the string quintets by Adolphe Blanc, the piano quintets by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Hermann Goetz, and the album "Gran Sestetto" featuring Russian piano sextets, the ensemble has now recorded with its fourth release featuring late works by a composer who lived in Paris in the 19th century during a time of upheaval and new beginnings. Composed in the 1850s, these works for classical string quartet with double bass are gems of chamber music and will continue to delight audiences today with their classical beauty and dazzling wealth of ideas! The period of the middle of the 19th century, when many things were in a state of political and social upheaval in Paris, was also marked by rich artistic, literary and compositional creativity. A new cityscape emerged at an alarming pace; the small winding streets disappeared in favor of wide boulevards and open squares. Some – like the writer Georges Sand – rapturously praised the change; others mourned it as a loss of what they had come to love and trust. It was precisely in these years of upheaval that Eugène Walckier's string quintets were written.

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