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E. Franck: String Quartet, Piano Quintet / Tocco, Edinger Qt

Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 20033   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eduard Franck
Performer:  Christiane EdingerAlexander KortschmarIgor BudinsteinKatharina Maechler,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edinger Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Cologne, a rather rural, patricianly governed city of 60,000 inhabitants, proud of its tradition stemming from the Middle Ages, sought, at the beginning of the 1850s, to take part in the more active, bustling way of life; it did not wish merely to count as a highly lauded carnival and cathedral city, but also to enhance its reputation as a western metropolis through great supra-regional artistic achievements." This desire for cultural upgrading, as perceived by the music researcher Reinhold Sietz in the bourgeois Cologne of the mid-nineteenth century, required above all an attractive and popular name. This name was finally found in Ferdinand Hiller, who moved to Cologne in 1850 from Dusseldorf, where he had been Municipal Music Director. Read more Hiller reorganized concert life in the cathedral city and transformed the Rhenish Music School into a strictly organized institution modeled on Mendelssohn's Leipzig Conservatory. Since Hiller realized that the teachers would determine the quality of the education, he engaged authorities of the caliber of the Czech violinist Theodor Pixis, the pianist Carl Reinecke - and the banker's son from Breslau, Eduard Franck, a pupil of Mendelssohn who had settled in Berlin as a composer and piano virtuoso following an educational sojourn through Europe. Cologne's musical life profited in many respects from Eduard Franck's wide-ranging abilities. Franck, just turned 34, entered upon his first public office as a teacher of piano, score playing, and music theory at the Rhenish Music School. In 1852, Franck, alongside Hiller, took over the directorship of the Municipal Choral Society. He also won the favor of the Cologne public as an interpreter, in which capacity his presentation of the Beethoven piano concertos particularly captivated the critics. In contrast to his large orchestral works, the precise chronology of Franck's chamber music presents certain difficulties, especially since the manuscripts are rarely dated and the composer had a large bundle of earlier works printed only after 1880 - possibly in revised versions. Thus it is not improbable that the String Quartet, Op. 49 (other editions list it as Op. 40), published in Berlin in 1891, was written during the Cologne period. Around 1859, tensions arose that not even the diplomatic Hiller could defuse: Franck resigned from his Cologne position and, after an unsuccessful application for a position as Schumann's successor in Dusseldorf, finally took over the directorship of the newly founded music school in Bern, the Swiss capital. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quartet for Strings in F minor, Op. 49 by Eduard Franck
Performer:  Christiane Edinger (Violin), Alexander Kortschmar (Violin), Igor Budinstein (Viola),
Katharina Maechler (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edinger Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal des Funkhauses, Cologne 
Length: 31 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano and Strings, Op. 45 by Eduard Franck
Performer:  Christiane Edinger (Violin), Alexander Kortschmar (Violin), Igor Budinstein (Viola),
Katharina Maechler (Cello), James Tocco (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Edinger Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 02/2000 
Venue:  Sendesaal des Funkhauses, Cologne 
Length: 35 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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