Evening Masterwork: Franck’s Piano Quintet

Cesar Franck (1822-1890)

Piano Quintet in F minor by Cesar Franck

Evening Masterwork for December 29 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Precision plays a key role in Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet: the music clearly reveals the artistic lineage of Franck – mostly the Germanic tradition – and the counterpoint is stylistically exact. The piece is also expressive, calling time after time again for the most dramatic range of dynamics. In fact, that broad dynamic writing is unlike any other piece in the French chamber-music repertoire that had come before. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.