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Laurence Equilbey-Farrenc review: Symphonies 1-3

Laurence Equilbey-Farrenc review: Symphonies 1-3

With verve and subtlety: Laurence Equilbey and his Insula Orchestra recorded Louise Farence’s great symphonies for the first time in Historic Performance Practice.

Not that there are no recordings of her symphonies—these recordings of Louise Farnes’ first and third symphonies are unique in that they are the first in the practice of historical performance. This suited the music of the Parisian, who, in addition to her work as a composer, is the only female piano professor to teach at the Conservatoire. You can sense that Lawrence Equilbe, as conductor and principal of the fine Insula Orchestra, cares deeply for Farnes’ music: with liveliness, subtlety, and a sense of dramaturgy, the multifaceted nature of this remarkable music emerges. Sometimes its motive is almost Beethovenian, but also many elegiac wind parts for which Varenck, her flautist husband, had a special love. Music is in the prime of its time, which can exist without any reward for women.

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Laurence Equilbey is an expert on original audio.

Laurence Equilbey is an expert on original audio.

Farrenc: Symphonies Nos. 1-3

Insula Orchestra, Lawrence Equilbe (conductor)
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