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John David Moore
American Record Guide, May 2013

There is much to enjoy in this elegantly crafted music; and these musicians, with the especially superb playing of James Tocco, make a strong case for the Franck revival. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Ian Lace
MusicWeb International, February 2013

…these works are quite delightful, not only harmonically interesting, but appealingly tuneful and all in the brighter major keys.

The Piano Trio[’s]…opening movement trips along brightly. The themes are strong and attractively stated with a finely judged balance between the instruments.

The four-movement Cello Sonata is a stronger piece and deeper emotionally. The opening Allegro is lyrical but at the same time strongly resolute. The Scherzo is another four-and-a-half minute gem…The Adagio molto espressivo slow movement continues and exquisitely extends the plaintive atmosphere, the cello singing a most affecting melody. The whole is rounded off with a delightful Presto.

The Violin Sonata is another likeable work. It exploits the tonal brilliance of the violin and shows off virtuosic piano passages. Its sunny opening Allegro is very appealing with sweeping melodic material. The lullaby-like opening of the Andante con moto enchants before the music lilts its way forward. The Allegro espressivo finale rounds off the programme sentimentally. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, January 2013

Naxos’ low price of admission makes this release an ideal introduction to German composer Eduard Franck’s…music, which is now undergoing a well-deserved revival…

The concert opens with the second of his six piano trios. In four movements it begins with a singing allegro having a couple of memorable ideas that are masterfully developed. The scherzo that follows is right out of Mendelssohn, but with some chromatic excursions that are a Franck trademark. The same can be said of the gently swaying andante.

Next on the program we get the last of his two cello sonatas, which is a real gem! Also in four movements the initial allegro opens with a commanding Schumanesque theme followed by a gorgeous wistful countersubject that’s all Eduard. The two ideas are subjected to a rigorous development that might best be described as a chromatic taffy pull. The following scherzo is all the more engaging for its contrasting bouncy outer sections and tearful central trio.

Pianist James Tocco’s playing is superb…

The piano is well captured with rounded tone, and the strings are natural sounding… © 2013 Classical Lost and Found
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David Denton
David's Review Corner, December 2012

Eduard Franck—no relation to Cesar Franck—was born in Germany in 1817, and during his lifetime was a highly successful concert pianist, teacher and composer. In his lifetime he numbered among his close friends both Mendelssohn and Schumann, and his compositions were to show their influence. He was to hold major and influential teaching posts, and on his death left a very large number of compositions in the field of symphonic and chamber music, much of it immediately forgotten when others even more gifted found a place for their output in the concert repertoire. Recently there has been a rebirth in interest in his music, and we are discovering a consummate craftsman and a writer with a ready gift of melody. Both are evident in the opening movement of the Piano Trio, where he gives very separate and well balanced voices to all three players. Mendelssohn’s teaching had shaped the scherzo, but it was in the lineage of Beethoven that we find the long following Andante. Also composed in the mid 1850’s, the Violin Sonata is in four quite substantial movements, and here we are certainly in Beethoven’s world, with a lovely flowing melody in the slow movement and a playful scherzo. The work was published in 1882, which would place it among his later output, the Adagio more extended than a combination of either of the other two movements. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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