César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
JOSHUA BELL & PAMELA FRANCK (violins), NOBUKO IMAI (viola) & STEPHEN ISSERLIS (cello). MARC-ANDRÊ HAMELIN (piano).
Piano Quintet in F minor is a quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello. The work was composed in 1879 and has been described as one of Franck’s chief achievements alongside his other late works such as Symphony in D minor, the Symphonic Variations and the Violin Sonata.
The work was premiered with Camille Saint-Saëns playing the piano part, which Franck had written out for him with an appended note: “To my good friend Camille Saint-Saëns”. A minor scandal ensued when at the piece’s completion, Saint-Saëns walked off stage leaving the score open at the piano, a gesture which was interpreted as mark of disdain. (via Wikipedia)