César Franck’s majestic figure stands somewhat adrift from the composers active in the second half of the 19th century. At the time majority of French composers focused on musical theatre, while Franck invested his creative energies into symphonic and chamber music. His greatest opuses (symphonic compositions, oratorio and chamber ensembles), written in his late creative period (1870–1890), exhibit combination of classic and romantic elements. His Piano Quintet is imbued with genuine love for nature. Here Franck’s philosophical depth coalesces with emotional and rational equilibrium, characteristic of Latin tradition, as well as delicate French musical taste and éclat.