Following the release of their highly praised Naxos recording of Fauré's Piano Quintets (8.570938) 'warmly expressive, their phrasing generous and intense' (The Guardian) Cristina Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet again join forces for this recording of Franck's Piano Quintet, the extraordinary emotional range of which is unified by the tight thematic relationships typical of the composer's 'cyclic' structuring. His String Quartet, composed ten years later, is a summit of Franck's achievement, also cyclically conceived and revealing his admiration of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms.
''The FAQ bring a warm tone to the work, and there are some wonderfully idiomatic portamento sighs. They are at their very best in the slow movements, with Christina Ortiz matching their ebb and flow perfectly in the Quintet.'' --BBC Music Magazine (Christopher Dingle, December 2009)
''Both [works] are impressive and perhaps the most significant contributions to French chamber music before Fairé, Debussy and RavelThe pairing is a generous, useful one.'' --The Guardian (Andrew Clements, 06/11/2009)
''This outstanding disc of two of Franck's late masterpieces….[here receives] a performance of a special musical refinement and commitment.'' --Gramophone Editor's Choice