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Franck: String Quartet & Piano Quintet / Jumppanen, Quatuor Danel

Release Date: 03/23/2018 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555088  
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Danel
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the present release the gifted Belgian Quatuor Danel ensemble turn to two masterpieces by Cesar Franck: his passionate Piano Quintet and the String Quartet. The three-movement Quintet, like Brahms’s op. 34 an expansion of the Schumannian model, is one of Franck’s most infamous works. It immediately established itself, and a second performance with the pianist Marie Poitevin, the later dedicatee of the Prelude, Choral et Fugue, convinced the members of the Societe Nationale. Franck’s String Quartet, his last major work, was similarly acclaimed by its first listeners. After its first performance in April 1890, with tears in his eyes, Cesar Franck is said to have told
Read more his pupil Vincent d’Indy, "Now you see: at long last the public is beginning to understand me."



Both of these works have been admirably served on disc, but this new recording is the most gripping yet - and by a long shot. Urgently recommended.

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Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings in D major, M 9 by César Franck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Danel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889; France 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Paavali Jumppanen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Danel
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Well Played July 31, 2018 By J Robert B. (Marion, KS) See All My Reviews "Very well played, so kudos to the musicians. There is, however, a reason Franck's chamber works don't get played much. These pieces are not very interesting. There was nothing that stirred me, nothing making me eager to listen to again. I don't believe the musicians could have approached these pieces differently to enhance the experience. Of the 2 pieces, the piano quintet was the more 'listenable'. Perhaps other listeners won't hear it this way; perhaps to someone else, these works will hit home. Neither inspired me. My thought: Cesar--stick to the organ." Report Abuse
 Horrible error in write-up June 28, 2018 By Peter Reeve-Newson (Toronto, ON) See All My Reviews "The statement "is one of Franck’s most infamous works." is a HORRIBLE ERROR; the writer must have meant "FAMOUS". Franck's glorious Piano Quintet is universally loved, widely performed, multi-recorded. Please correct the write-up!" Report Abuse
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