In case you missed it, Tom Service, music critic for The Guardian, featured Louise Farrenc’s Third Symphony in his running Symphony Guide series on his blog. It’s always wonderful to see a historic(!) woman(!)’s work being featured in a serious column—but this piece is a personal favorite, so it was an even more meaningful surprise.
Of the fourth movement Service says:
There may be referents here, above all Mozart’s G minor symphony, no. 40, as well as Schumann and even Chopin, in the flexibility of Farrenc’s tunes, but the result is something distinctively her own: a uniquely expressive and significant voice that needs to be recognised and heard.
Couldn’t agree more.
Be sure to take time to listen to the symphony in full here: