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Farrenc: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 - Variations Brillante

Farrenc: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 - Variations Brillante

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Louise Farrenc was acclaimed as a pianist and pedagogue, one of the few women to teach an instrument at the Paris Conservatoire in the 19th century, and was admired by Robert Schumann and others for her compositions. This second of six volumes dedicated to Farrenc’s complete works for piano focuses on her Theme and Variations sets.

Maria Stratigou’s recording of the Études (GP912-13) was considered ‘beguiling piano music’ in BBC Music Magazine, confirming once again that Farrenc has been unjustly neglected as a composer.


Over 50 minutes here are world premier recordings—7 of the 9 tracks—all written in the 1820s. There are brilliant parts all through these, but they are more elegant and expressive than the run of the mill variations.

Stratigou is clearly well qualified to tackle Farrenc’s piano works. Her joy in this music is evident not only in her playing, but in her beautifully written booklet essay. She has a full mastery of Farrenc’s romantic style and a technique to match.

-- American Record Guide

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: August 11, 2023

  • UPC: 747313993420

  • Catalog Number: GP934

  • Label: Grand Piano

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: Romantic

  • Composer: Louise Farrenc

  • Performer: Maria Stratigou