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Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Nos. 1 & 2 ()

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composed by Louise Farrenc

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Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 2; Overtures Nos. 1 & 2 - NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Johannes Goritzki (conductor)
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  1. Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 35
  2. Overture No. 1 in E minor, Op. 23
  3. Overture No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 24
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At odds with bourgeois Parisian tastes for opera and parlor music, Louise Farrenc pursued instead the ideals of German absolute music, as exemplified by Beethoven. The three works presented here were remarkable achievements for a woman composing in an antipathetic environment, though French aversion to German forms mattered more at the time than Farrenc's gender. Indeed, it is worth pointing out that her works were performed widely in Europe, and that Farrenc's reputation did not fade until after she stopped composing in ...