Saint-Saëns: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 1 Andrea Lucchesini & Quartetto di Cremona

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Album-Release:
2016

HRA-Release:
04.08.2017

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  • Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921): Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 1:
  • 1Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: I. Allegro moderato e Maestoso10:23
  • 2Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: II. Andante Sostenuto07:26
  • 3Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: III. Presto04:38
  • 4Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 14: IV. Allegro assai, ma Tranquillo08:48
  • 5String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 112: I. Allegro11:28
  • 6String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 112: II. Molto allegro quasi Presto05:46
  • 7String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 112: III. Molto Adagio08:37
  • 8String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 112: IV. Allegro non Troppo06:24
  • Total Runtime01:03:30

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These two chamber works represent Camille Saint-Saëns’ early perfection and his expressive classical mature style. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art – the contrasts characterising Saint-Saëns’ musical idiom are perfectly realised by the Quartetto di Cremona.

Six Italians and one Frenchman: a consummate realisation of Saint-Saëns' multifaceted musical idiom.

For its latest album featuring works by Camille Saint-Saëns, the award-winning Quartetto di Cremona draws on sixteen years of giving concerts and making recordings. Leading Italian pianist Andrea Lucchesini joins the ensemble for the Piano Quintet: the third movement of the work is presented here in the rare version adding a double bass (ad lib.).

These two chamber music works of the French composer represent crucial stages in his oeuvre: the Piano Quintet, a work of early perfection, demonstrates Saint-Saëns' engagement with German Romanticism, particularly with Robert Schumann and his formal idiom. The String Quartet, marking the transition into his late style, represents the first chamber piece in which Saint-Saëns leaves out his own instrument, the piano. Here, his version of the classical style - clear forms and a colourful expressive spectrum - becomes especially clear. Brilliance and an unerring sense of form; calm, melancholy resting and energetic gestures; romantic vocal qualities and exquisite compositional art - the contrasts characterising Saint-Saëns' musical idiom are perfectly realised by the Quartetto di Cremona.

Andrea Lucchesini, piano
Quartetto Di Cremona



Andrea Lucchesini
Trained under the guidance of Maria Tipo, Andrea Lucchesini garnered international recognition at a very young age when he won the "Dino Ciani" International Competition at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Since then he has performed throughout the world with leading orchestras, working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Dennis Russell Davies, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Gabriele Ferro, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

In December 2015 he returned to Teatro La Scala with Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, under the baton of Franz Welser Moest

His wide-ranging activities, marked by a desire to explore music with no limitations, lead him to offer programs ranging from classical to current repertoire. In 1994 this earned him the recognition of European musicologists from which he received the Accademia Chigiana International Prize (the only Italian honoured so far). The following year he won the F. Abbiati Prize, which confirmed the appreciation of the Italian critics.

Lucchesini has made several recordings, the first few of which date back to the 1980s for EMI International (Liszt's Sonata in B minor, Beethoven's Sonata op.106 Hammerklavier and Chopin’s Sonata op.58). He then recorded Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Berg's Chamber Concerto for Teldec with the Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

For BMG the pianist recorded Luciano Berio’s Concerto Echoing Curves, conducted by the composer himself. This marked one of the milestones of a close collaboration with Berio, with whom Lucchesini witnessed the creation of the composer’s final and challenging work for solo piano, Sonata. Lucchesini performed the world premiere of this piece in 2001 which - together with all of Berio’s other piano works - became part of a CD for AVIE Records, which met with unanimous international critical acclaim.

Equally appreciated is Lucchesini’s live recording of Beethoven’s complete cycle 32 sonatas for Stradivarius. The collective work obtained the recognition of "CD of the month" by the prestigious German magazine “Fonoforum” in August, 2004.

His most recent recording, the Schubert Impromptus made for AVIE Records, received an enthusiastic response from critics worldwide.

in 2017 Andrea Luccheisni appears at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Fabio Luisi, in Roma with Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Wyung Whun Chung and in Torino with the RAI Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dennis Russel Davies.

Since 1990, the pianist has dedicated his attention to chamber music as well, including in particular a close collaboration (performing and recording) with cellist Mario Brunello and Quartetto di Cremona, and exploring various formations in chamber music repertoire.

Convinced that imparting musical knowledge to the younger generations is a moral duty, Lucchesini is passionately dedicated to teaching. He currently teaches at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where he has been artistic director from 2008 till 2016. He is frequently invited to hold masterclasses at major music institutions in Europe, such as the Musik Hochschule in Hannover and the Sommer Wasserbuger Festspiele and Musik Hochschule in Salzburg and in New York.

He serves on juries at numerous piano competitions all over the world and was named Accademico of Santa Cecilia in 2008.

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