ClassicsOnline Home » FRANCK, C.: String Quartet in D major / Piano Quintet in F minor (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet) > Review List

FRANCK, C.: String Quartet in D major / Piano Quintet in F minor (Ortiz, Fine Arts Quartet)

Composer(s):Franck, Cesar
Artist(s) Fine Arts Quartet, Ensemble • Ortiz, Cristina, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.572009
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Download and Stream

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.


Review By Gramophone Classical Music Guide,December 2012

Ortiz and her colleagues realise all of Franck’s pent-up feeling in a performance of a special musical refinement and commitment…The Fine Arts Quartet are entirely at home in the very different scope of the String Quartet, relishing both the music’s contrapuntal intricacy and its full-blown romanticism. © 2012 Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Review By Philip Clark,Classic FM,May 2010

Cristina Ortiz and the FAQ map out the structural flow lucidly while generating sounds of great refinement…the FAQ makes it blossom like never before.

Review By Wendelin Bitzan,,March 2010



Review By Robert R. Reilly,,March 2010

I must mention the Fine Arts Quartet CD featuring the Cesar Franck (1822–1890) String Quartet and the Piano Quintet, with pianist Cristina Ortiz. Naxos seems to be using the Fine Arts Quartet to go over some repertory staples. This is very good news. (I was deeply impressed by their performances of the complete Schumann string quartets and the Bruckner quintet released earlier.) With the Franck works, we enter deeply into the emotionally turbulent world of Romanticism…Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet infuse these works with the passion they require. Fasten your seatbelts.

Review By João Marcos Coelho,estadã ,February 2010

Registros cálidos, envolventes e intensos são obras-primas Composições de Gabriel Fauré e César Franck recebem magnífica interpretação da pianista ao lado do Fine Arts Quartet…A leitura do Fine Arts Quartet e Cristina Ortiz é envolvente. Cálida e ao mesmo tempo emocionalmente intensa…No quarteto, é excepcional a integração entre os músicos do Fine Arts; e no quinteto, o piano paira com uma enorme liberdade sobre o discurso mais rígido das cordas. Antológico o movimento lento, con molto sentimento. No conjunto, um registro difícil de ser superado.

Review By James Invernes,Gramophone,February 2010

Cristina Ortiz and the Fine Arts Quartet pinpoint the work’s [Quintet’s] volatility, with Ortiz throwing herself into the work’s demands. The quartet is excellent, too. Altogether a fine recording of works that are still done less than they should be.


Affiliates  |  Classical Points  |  Press Room  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Privacy Policy

ClassicsOnline Newsletter Archive

Monthly Features on ClassicsOnline

Why choose ClassicsOnline?
ClassicsOnline is your source for classical music new releases, rare catalog, historical recordings and exclusive bargains. Our vast classical music catalog has over 1 Million tracks from more than 50,000 albums available in DRM-free MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC (lossless format). More than 500 new albums are added each month, all of which are carefully indexed, and searchable by Composer, Artist, Work and Label. Membership is free, and registration includes 5 free tracks for download. Get a free track every week and gain access to exclusive classical deals when you subscribe to our newsletter. ClassicsOnline was honored in 2010 as the Best Classical Download Site by the MIDEM Classical Awards Jury.

Some titles may not be available in all countries because of possible copyright or licensing restrictions.

Copyright © 2015 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved. – Your Classical Music Download Source
3:32:12 PM Sunday, May 24, 2015  -207-
This site is now closed, but it has been replaced with our exciting new service ClassicsOnline HD•LL.   x
Continue to buy your downloads at our new store, which now offers all content in lossless CD quality  
formats, in addition to MP3, and thousands of high-definition titles. To learn more, click here.  
Note that previously registered customers may still login to view their accounts until further notice.