The first edition was published by a small company Bruneau. The Hamelle is actually Possibly Peking - Sammy - Tales Of Great Neck Glory 2nd edition of the work.
In the big Finalethe composer immediately recalls the themes of the previous movements, much as Beethoven did in his 9th Symphony. The movement is very well put together in this respect, however, new ideas are also brought to the forefront. The conclusion brings to mind the technique Schumann used in his first quartet wherein the sweet theme is interrupted by explosions of passion.
His chamber music, unfortunately, has in modern times been unjustly shoved to the side and forgotten. Franck was, during his lifetime also known as one of the best organists in the world. He was also a piano virtuoso and in later life as a professor at the Paris Conservatory became an important teacher. Among his many students were Vincent d'Indy and Ernest Chausson.
The time was, certainly up until the 's, that this work was in the standard repertoire and could be heard outside of France and Belgium with some regularity. Not now. A pity because as Altmann writes it is quite original sounding, dramatic, highly powerful and without doubt quite captivating. This is not to say that Franck 's quartet isn't lush, intense, full, and sensual -- it certainly is -- but it is to say that the Fitzwilliam doesn't sound lush, intense, full, and sensual -- it sounds like II.
Scherzo. Vivace - Franck* - Prague String Quartet - String Quartet imitation one step up from a parody. The sound is more voluptuous than lush, more exasperated than intense, more overweight than full, and more intentionally sexual than implicitly sensual. It's all fairly embarrassing and ought to be avoided as an interpretive strategy and Konzert Für Violoncello Und Orchester C-Dur Hob.
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