César Franck Edition (23CD)

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This remarkable set reveals the full breadth and genius of a creative career known to most merely by the tip of the iceberg: a small number of seminal works written in the composer’s final decade of life. César Franck (1822–1890), although considered one of the foremost 19th-century French composers, was not in fact French by birth, but Belgian. He only became a full French citizen in 1873 after he had been appointed organ professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His career can be divided into three distinct periods, each characterised by the production of very different types of music.

From 1834 to 1846, under pressure from his father, he concertised as a piano virtuoso, and most of the works of this period were written with that purpose in mind. In the decade following his marriage in 1848 he composed virtually nothing but became celebrated as an organist, and he would bring the spacious dimensions of that instrument to his sound world in the years to come. His ‘middle period’ – from about 1858 to 1879 – was devoted to the production of works for organ, church music and a series of monumental choral pieces on religious or biblical subjects. In these three decades he wrote virtually nothing for the piano. From 1879 begins the decade of his late flowering in the great chamber and orchestral works, ushered in by his well-loved Piano Quintet and containing the pieces for which Franck is widely known. Spanning all three periods were opera and his small output of 18 mélodies.

Recordings date from 1976 to 2016

New liner notes on the composer and the music by David Moncur

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Tracklisting:

Franck, C: Le Chasseur maudit

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi

Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi

Franck, C: Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi
  • François-Joël Thiollier (piano)

Franck, C: Les Djinns, Op. 45

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi
  • François-Joël Thiollier (piano)

Franck, C: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 11

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi
  • Martijn van den Hoek (piano)

Franck, C: Les Eolides - Symphonic Poem

  • Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Roberto Benzi

Franck, C: Psyché

  • Sofia Symphony Orchestra
  • Vassil Kazandjiev

Franck, C: String Quartet in D major

  • Vilnius String Quartet

Franck, C: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 14

  • Vilnius String Quartet
  • Muza Rubackyte (piano)

Franck, C: Trio Concertant in F sharp minor, Op. 1, No. 1

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Trio Concertant in B flat major, Op. 1, No. 2 'Trio de salon'

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Duo Concertante

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Andantino quietoso in E flat, Op. 6

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Trio Concertant in B minor, Op. 1, No. 3

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Trio Concertant in B minor, Op. 2 No. 4

  • members of the Academica Quartet

Franck, C: Violin Sonata in A major

  • Mariana Sîrbu (violin), Ruxandra Colan (piano)

Franck, C: Ballade, Op. 9

  • Julia Severus (piano)

Franck, C: Transcriptions of Four Schubert Songs, Op. 8

  • Julia Severus (piano)

Franck, C: Fantasy on Two Polish Folk Songs, Op. 15

  • Julia Severus (piano)

Franck, C: Souvenirs of Aix-la-Chapelle, Op. 7

  • Julia Severus (piano)

Franck, C: Grande Fantaisie sur des motifs de Gulistan de Dalayrac

  • Francesco Bertoldi (piano)

Franck, C: Fantaisie No.2

  • Francesco Bertoldi (piano)

Franck, C: Fantasy on Two Polish Folk Songs, Op. 15

  • Francesco Bertoldi (piano)

Franck, C: Grande Fantaisie No.3

  • Francesco Bertoldi (piano)

Franck, C: Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

  • Muza Rubackyte (piano)

Franck, C: Prelude, Aria et Final M23 (1886 / 7)

  • Muza Rubackyte (piano)

Franck, C: Prélude, Choral et Fugue, M21

  • Muza Rubackyte (piano)

Franck, C: Fantaisie in C major, Op. 16

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Grande Pièce Symphonique in F sharp minor, Op. 17

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Pastorale, Op. 19

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Prière, Op. 20

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Final in B flat, Op. 21

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M. 35-37

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Trois Chorals pour grand orgue, M. 38-40

  • Adriano Falcioni (organ)

Franck, C: Cinq Pièces pour Harmonium

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Prélude, Fugue et Variation Op. 18

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium), Jos van Immerseel (piano)

Franck, C: Offertoire in A major

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Petit Offertoire

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Quasi Marcia Op. 22 pour Harmonium

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Petit Offertoire pour Harmonium

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Offertoire sur un noël breton

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Entree pour Harmonium

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Piece in E flat major

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: L'Organiste

  • Joris Verdin (harmonium)

Franck, C: Stradella

  • Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie
  • Paolo Arrivabeni
  • Isabel Kabatu (Léonor), Marc Laho (Stradella), Werner Van Mechelen (Spadoni), Philippe Rouilon (Duke of Pesaro), Xavier Rouilon (Pietro), Giovanni Iovino (Michael), Patrick Mignon (Beppo), Roger Joakim (An officer)

Franck, C: Les Béatitudes, M53

  • Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
  • Helmuth Rilling
  • Cornelia Kallisch (alto), Ingeborg Danz (mezzo-soprano), John Cheek (bass), Diana Montague (mezzo-soprano), Scot Weir (tenor), Reinhard Hagen (bass), Gilles Cachemaille (baritone), Keith Lewis (tenor), Juan Vasle (bass)

Franck, C: Redemption

  • The Netherlands Radio Choir, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
  • Jean Fournet
  • Gé Neutel (soprano)

Franck, C: Mass in A Major Op. 12

  • Kodály Kórus Debrecen
  • Salamon Kamp
  • Mariann Bódi (soprano), Attila Wendler (tenor), István Rácz (bass)

Franck, C: Quae est ista

  • Kodály Kórus Debrecen
  • Salamon Kamp

Franck, C: Dextera Domini

  • Kodály Kórus Debrecen
  • Salamon Kamp

Franck, C: Sept Paroles du Christ sur la Croix

  • Mainzer Domorchester, Mainzer Domorchester
  • Karsten Storck

Franck, C: Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M. 35-37

  • Daniel Beckmann (organ)

Franck, C: Nocturne

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Ninon

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Le vase brisé

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Lied (Lucien Paté)

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Le mariage des roses

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Souvenance

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Robin Gray

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Passez

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Roses et papillons

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: L’ange et l’enfant

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Les Cloches du soir

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: L’émir de Bengador

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: S’il est un charmant gazon

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: A cette terre où l’on ploie sa tente

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: Aimer

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)

Franck, C: La Procession

  • Francesca Scaini (soprano), Mattia Ometto (piano)