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Cristina Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet again join forces for this recording of Franck’s Piano Quintet.The extraordinary emotional range of this work is unified by the tight thematic relationships typical of the composer’s ‘cyclic’ structuring.
His String Quartet, composed ten years later, is a summit of Franck’s achievement, also cyclically conceived and revealing his admiration of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
Cesar Franck: String Quartet in D major, M. 9
I. Poco lento - Allegro
II. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor, M. 7
I. Molto moderato quasi lento
II. Lento, con molto sentimento
III. Allegro non troppo ma con fuoco
“The Fine Arts Quartet… are at their very best in both slow movements, with Christina Ortiz matching their ebb and flow perfectly in the Quintet.”
“Ortiz and her colleagues realise all of Franck's pent-up feeling in a performance of a special musical refinement and commitment… The Fine Arts Quartet, too, are entirely at home in the very different scope of the String Quartet, relishing both the music's contrapuntal intricacy and its full-blown romanticism.”
“very fine accounts of both masterpieces. They have ardour and finesse in equal measure.”
13th March 2015
“Like his larger-scale works, Franck's chamber compositions are few in number but utterly distinctive. As in the Symphony, Franck's favoured cyclic form is here a unifying factor in both works. The Fine Arts Quartet and pianist Cristina Ortiz reveal the full emotional scope of these intimate and moving pieces.”