Franck, Eduard: String Quintets - Edinger, Kaiser, Kimstedt, Haiberg, Maechler

Franck, Eduard: String Quintets - Edinger, Kaiser, Kimstedt, Haiberg, Maechler

Audite  92.578

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Chamber

Eduard Franck: String Quintet in E minor Op. 15, String Quintet in C major Op. 51

Christiane Edinger (violin)
Tassilo Kaiser (violin)
Rainer Kimstedt (viola)
Uwe Martin Haiberg (viola)
Katharina Maechler (cello)

The audite series of chamber music for string instruments by Eduard Franck continues with his two String Quintets Opp. 15 and 51 which were probably written, respectively, around 1845 and 1870. With these two works, which were composed at a time when demand for high-quality works increased considerably, due to the rapid development of bourgeois concert life, Franck proves, once again, to be one of the most original German-speaking composers of chamber music. Franck's quintets satisfy both "connoisseurs" and "enthusiasts" thanks to their masterful command of contrapuntal techniques, as well as the succinct and memorable melodic and thematic invention which is combined with great dramatic arches. At the same time, the music, thanks to the idiomatic string writing which is carefully adapted to each instrument, develops a noble and stirring spirit whose subliminal melancholy in several respects anticipates Brahms' musical language. The climax is surely the finale of the second quintet which Franck conceived as a theme with ten variations, in which he reveals an astonishing expressive spectrum. The string quintets by Eduard Franck, scored for the standard combination of two violins, two violas and one cello, are first-class additions to the repertoire of nineteenth century chamber music.

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Comments (2)

Comment by Tekrad - September 6, 2017 (1 of 2)

I have certainly caught the "Franck Fever". It all started with SACD versions of Eduard Franck's Piano Trios/Quintets. They are very lyrical, straightforward and playfully romantic. I am a huge fan of Chamber music, so I am familiar with many composers. In my humble opinion, Eduard Frank and Richard Franck (son) continue the Mendelssohn chamber style...and you can certainly see the similarities. My Franck library has grown quickly - and although I try only to purchase SACD releases, I have moved to the recordings that are only offered on RBCD for the sake of obtaining this music that never fails to bring a smile.
If you are curious about Eduard and Richard Franck's works, you can find them all on the Audite label. Musicians of note are Christiane Edinger (violin), Richard Fograscher (piano), and especially Christoph Schickedanz's violin sonata performances.
I heartily recommend you catch the Franck fever, too!

Fort Lauderdale, Fl

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - September 12, 2017 (2 of 2)

Couldn't agree more. It's all unpretentiously delicious.