Franck - String Quartet, Piano Quintet | CPO 5550882

Franck - String Quartet, Piano Quintet


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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550882

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 29th December 2017

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Quatuor Danel
Paavali Jumppanen (piano)


Franck, Cesar

Piano Quintet in F minor, FWV7
String Quartet in D major, FWV9


Quatuor Danel
Paavali Jumppanen (piano)


The gifted Belgian Quatuor Danel turn to two masterpieces by César 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 Prélude, Choral et Fugue, convinced the members of the Société 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, César Franck is said to have told his pupil Vincent d’Indy, “Now you see: at long last the public is beginning to understand me.”


These performances by the Quatuor Danel are deftly poised on a knife’s edge between sensuousness and rigour, as the most memorable interpretations of Franck’s music so often are... The Piano Quintet benefits enormously from thoughtful microphone placement. The piano is more an accomplice than an instigator here – not that this shift in any way dampens the music’s dramatic impact. ... this new recording by the Quatuor Danel and Paavali Jumppanen is the most gripping yet – and by a long shot. Urgently recommended.  Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone March 2018

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