French Chamber Music of late 19th Century
The year 1871 was a decisive year for French instrumental music. The National Music Society was started to break the stranglehold of opera on French music. Among those who rose to the challenge were Gabriel Fauré and Caesar Franck. Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano and his Piano Quintet, and Faurés Piano Quartets are outstanding chamber works of the 19th century.
On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, we will sample these masterworks.