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Franck: String Quartet, Piano Quintet / Rubackyté, Vilnius String Quartet

Release Date: 09/02/2008 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 93716   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Arturas SilaleGirdutis JakaitisAudrone VainiunaiteAugustinas Vasiliausksas,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vilnius String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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FRANCK String Quartet. Piano Quintet Vilnius Str Qrt; Mûza Rubackyté (pn) BRILLIANT 93716 (2 CDs: 86:13)

Perhaps because this issue comes in the wake of the Dante Quartet’s nonpareil performance of the String Quartet (Hyperion 67664, Fanfare 32:3), the Vilnius Quartet’s seems weak, thin, careful, respectfully plodding, ramshackle, and unmotivated by especial insight. But joined by Read more Mûza Rubackyté, one of the great pianists of our era, they’re galvanized to bar-by-bar involvement and escalating drama lifting into superbly mastered ecstasy verging on hysteria. After a deceptively questioning opening, from the first Allegro suspense never relents, throbbing through a second movement rife with aching melancholy, to attain passionate effulgence in the third, as expressive riches pour forth to spellbinding effect. Curiously, Rubackyté’s piano, ablaze with tonal finesse in symphonic amplitude, seems to play to a large, open venue as the quartet—their dialogue caught close-up—sings to the microphone. At Brilliant’s generous price, a slight recording imbalance may be taken in stride for this extraordinarily compelling, fraught, almost unbearably euphoric performance.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis
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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings in D major, M 9 by César Franck
Performer:  Arturas Silale (Violin), Girdutis Jakaitis (Viola), Audrone Vainiunaite (Violin),
Augustinas Vasiliausksas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vilnius String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
Length: 49 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Girdutis Jakaitis (Viola), Arturas Silale (Violin), Audrone Vainiunaite (Violin),
Mûza Rubackyté (Piano), Augustinas Vasiliausksas (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vilnius String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Length: 37 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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