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Franck: Piano Trio Op. 22 (Shmuel Ashkenasi/ Yehuda Hanani/ James Tocco) (Naxos: 8572480)

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  • Composer: Eduard Franck
  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B008GY8QXU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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Disc: 1

  1. Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 22 - Various Performers
  2. Cello Sonata in F major, Op. 42 - Various Performers
  3. Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 23 - Various Performers

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Eduard Franck sits at the very heart of the German Romantic movement. He was a great friend, and student, of Mendelssohn, with whom he played four-hand piano concerts, as well as cultivating the friendship of Robert Schumann. His music reflects these allegiances and kinships whilst also showing his very personal lyrical gift and bold harmonic sense, not least in the forward-looking Violin Sonata, Op. 23. His later Cello Sonata, Op. 42 calls for an equal pairing in music alternating power and elegance, whilst the Piano Trio, Op. 22 embodies profuse lyricism.

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The booklet notes tell us that Eduard Franck (1817-1893) "was at the heart of the German Romantic movement." A friend of both Mendelssohn and Schumann, their influence can be found in Franck's music, however, their influence is in the background of his music. The music is strongly romantic in character and anyone who enjoys the music of the great Austro-German tradition from the second half of the nineteenth century will find a lot to like in these works.
My only reservation is one of performance, with Shmuel Ashkenasi's violin sounding a little thin or even shrill on occasion, but not enough to make me not listen to this disc, for his playing sounds fine for most of the disc as does that of Hanani and Tocco. Good booklet notes by Martin Mansfield give you an insight to the composer and his music which helps with your enjoyment of the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star CD to Own 8 Mar. 2015
By G Duncan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Recording Studios are suddenly bringing this mid 19th Century German composer back to life and this CD from NAXOS is one of the best I have heard in some time. The Piano trio in E Flat major is a wonder and has a recurring element particularly memorable. Cannot get relaxed? Put this on. Close your eyes & listen. The Cello Sonata in F Major follows and the CD ends with the Violin Sonata in A Major which is highly and wonderfully lyrical. The Artists on this CD, James Tocco, Piano, Yehuda Hanani, Cello, Shmuel Ashkenasi Violin play these pieces with verve and passion. Recorded in Bloomington Indiana in 2009, this is a CD to own and play many many times over. What a wonderful treat!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chamber Music the Equal of Mendelssohn's or Schumann's 8 Jan. 2013
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In as many days I've written reviews of CDs of music by two composers who are shamefully neglected: Giovanni Sgambati Symphony No 1: Overture Cola Di Rienzo and Eduard Franck (1817-1893). Franck, no relation to César Franck but the father of another good composer, Richard Franck, was a German who was a protégé of Mendelssohn. His music is quite similar to Mendelssohn's but tending toward the more Romantic, expressive style of Schumann, who was also a close friend. He primarily wrote non-programmatic music employing classical forms, writing lots of chamber music; his music has been enjoying a boomlet in the past few years thanks to recordings of some of it e.g., Eduard Franck: String Quartets, Opp. 54 & 55. The Piano Trio in E Flat, Op. 22, has been recorded before, I understand, but I'd not heard it until this CD. It is in the typical four movements and each of them is a model of its kind with elegance, impeccable craft and tuneful melodies. Of the four movements the Scherzo is the most Mendelssohnian in its clever molding and combining of themes.

Both the Cello Sonata in F Major, Op. 42, and the Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 23 are cast in the same formal mold as the piano trio. Unfailingly melodious, they clearly show the pianist as the equal partner to his string soloists. In fact, the piano parts of the sonatas are often quite virtuosic. Each sonata deserves a place in the repertoire after many years of neglect.

The instrumentalists in this recording are long-admired musicians. Pianist James Tocco has been primarily known for his recordings of American music but has not stinted in his performance of the classics. He is a member of the faculty at the Cincinnati Conservatory. Violinist Shmuel Ashkenazi is the long-time first violinist in the Vermeer Quartet, a faculty member at the Curtis Institute. Cellist Yehuda Hanani, a student of Leonard Rose, is also a professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory. The playing on this disc has technical adroitness coupled with emotional immediacy.

Scott Morrison
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable music 9 Mar. 2013
By Stuart Sillitoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The booklet notes tell us that Eduard Franck (1817-1893) "was at the heart of the German Romantic movement." A friend of both Mendelssohn and Schumann, their influence can be found in Franck's music, however, their influence is in the background of his music. The music is strongly romantic in character and anyone who enjoys the music of the great Austro-German tradition from the second half of the nineteenth century will find a lot to like in these works.
My only reservation is one of performance, with Shmuel Ashkenasi's violin sounding a little thin or even shrill on occasion, but not enough to make me not listen to this disc, for his playing sounds fine for most of the disc as does that of Hanani and Tocco. Good booklet notes by Martin Mansfield give you an insight to the composer and his music which helps with your enjoyment of the music.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for the Cello Sonata 25 Dec. 2016
By Kenneth G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The cello sonata is the star of this recording. Wonderfully melodious & inventive. The equal of anything by his friends Mendelssohn or Schumann. The sound engineering seems a bit off but the music is outstanding. This cello sonata is the best thing of Franck's I've listened to.
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