Franck - Piano Quintet; Debussy - String Quartet | Hyperion CDA68061

Franck - Piano Quintet; Debussy - String Quartet


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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68061

Barcode: 0034571280615

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Takacs Quartet
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)


Debussy, Claude

String Quartet in G minor, op.10

Franck, Cesar

Piano Quintet in F minor, FWV7


Takacs Quartet
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)


Franck’s Piano Quintet and Debussy’s String Quartet make an apt and unusual coupling, each work its composer’s only, unsurpassable, contribution to the genre. Both receive authoritative performances from Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács Quartet.


I’m not sure I’ve had another experience of this work [Franck] that imparts its affective essence so authentically while keeping its architectural ingenuity and grace always in view. To Debussy’s luminous and under-appreciated String Quartet of 1893 the Takács bring all their intelligence, skill, taste and virtuosity. While every measure of this performance affords pleasure, the pizzicato shower of the scherzo and the touching tenderness of the Andantino are special treats. Very highly recommended.  Patrick Rucker
Gramophone June 2016
Of all the music César Franck wrote, four works made his name: the Symphonic Variations, the Violin Sonata, the Symphony in D minor and this Piano Quintet. The quintet (1879) shares that same big, romantic sound and emotional intensity of the violin sonata, beautifully brought out here by Marc-André Hamelin and the Takács in a stirring, virtuosic recording - an ideal way to encounter a still unfamiliar work. Fiona Maddocks

The Observer 22 May 2016
The music of César Franck seems to have gone unaccountably out of fashion, and what a pity that is. How marvellous, then, to encounter his blistering, no-holds-barred Piano Quintet, one of the masterpieces of its genre, scrubbing up bright in the hands of some of the best advocates it could hope for. The Takács Quartet matches the music’s mystic fervour and impassioned rhetoric with burnished intensity of tone, through which Marc-André Hamlein’s apparently effortless virtuosity dashes and dives with scintillating clarity.  Jessica Duchen
BBC Music Magazine August 2016

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