JOSHUA BELL & PAMELA FRANCK (violin),NOBUKO IMAI (viola) & STEPHEN ISSELIS (cello). MARC-ANDRÊ HAMEÑLIN (piano).
Piano Quintet in F minor is a quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello. The work was composed in 1879 and has been described as one of Franck's chief achievements alongside his other late works such as Symphony in D minor, the Symphonic Variations and the Violin Sonata.
The work was premiered with Camille Saint-Saëns playing the piano part, which Franck had written out for him with an appended note: "To my good friend Camille Saint-Saëns". A minor scandal ensued when at the piece's completion, Saint-Saëns walked off stage leaving the score open at the piano, a gesture which was interpreted as mark of disdain.
The work has been described as having a "torrid emotional power", and Édouard Lalo characterized it as an "explosion".[2] Other critics have been less positively impressed: Roger Scruton has written of the quintet's "unctuous narcissism".. (Wikipedia)

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