Louise Farrenc: Symphonies No. 1 & No. 3 - Laurence Equilbey, conducting her period-instrument Insula Orchestra, champions the composer Louise Farrenc, a prominent and pioneering figure in 19th century Paris. This album presents two of Farrenc's three symphonies, No. 1 in C minor, first heard in 1845, and No. 3 in G minor, premiered in 1849. "The score is so well written that it deserves a prominent place in the history of the early Romantic symphony," wrote the Financial Times after a performance of the Symphony No 3 in London, marking International Women's Day 2018. "Equilbey and the Insula orchestra gave it a fleet, fiery performance. Their crusading spirit lived up to the day's billing." The Daily Telegraph observed that the symphony "was full of engaging inventions... It's clearly a fine piece; all it needs now is to be heard, many times." 2021 release.
In their lucidity, colour, and feeling for the music’s architecture, with climaxes unerringly prepared and clinched, these performances would be hard to better.
– Gramophone (Editor's Choice, October 2021)