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Franck: String Quartet, Etc / Rogé, Ysa˙e Quartet

Release Date: 04/10/2007 
Label:  Ysa˙e   Catalog #: 3   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Pascal Rogé
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ysa˙e String Quartet membersYsa˙e String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

César Franck enjoys greater name recognition than do any of the other four composers listed below, his Violin Sonata, which enjoys a lovely outing, being particularly popular. His lengthy and some would say discursive String Quartet, however, does not receive nearly as much attention; and until I heard this new recording of it, I could understand why. It’s not an easy piece to get into, but the Ysaÿe Quartet bring to it a clarity of vision and an opulence of sound that revealed for the first time, to me at least, the incandescent beauty of the score. Pascal Rogé joins the Ysaÿe for an equally sumptuous reading of Franck’s gorgeous Piano Quintet which, on the surface, is a more immediately appealing work than the Read more quartet.

-- Jerry Dubins, FANFARE [Want List 2007]
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8 by César Franck
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ysa˙e String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
2. Quartet for Strings in D major, M 9 by César Franck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ysa˙e String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
3. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Pascal Rogé (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ysa˙e String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 

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