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César Franck: Quintet For Piano & Strings in F minor; Sonata for Violin and Piano in A

Audio Samples

>Franck, César : Piano Quintet in F minor, M. 7
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Piano Quintet in F minor, M. 7
>Franck, César : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc from the renowned Schubert Ensemble bring the spirit of the Paris "Belle Epoque" alive. Newly re-mastered recordings of Franck's Piano Quintet in F minor and his Sonata for violin & piano in A are performed with enthusiasm by the experienced Schuberts. Franck was known as a man "enamoured of gentleness and consolation", but these works tell a different story of an earthier man, less chaste, freed of starch and wing collar. Central to the quintet in particular was a woman; not Franck's dutiful wife, but a young student, Augusta Holmes "decorously rampant" and "possessed of bold beautiful features, abundant golden hair, and handsome breasts of which she was justifiably proud". Rimsky-Korsakov admired her, but in Paris, Saint-Saens and Franck fought over her. Franck's wife would have known that the emotions so readily expressed in this Quintet were not for her, but for Augusta, Franck's "impure and seductive" organ student.



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>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Piano Quintet in F minor, M. 7
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Composition written: 1878-79.
  • Running Time: 36 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1878-1879

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886.
  • Running Time: 28 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886