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Franck, César

Join us for a week of music from César Franck. Born in 1822 in Liège, Franck moved to Paris in 1835 and died there in 1890. He was initially known as a gifted improviser on the organ - and considered by some to be the greatest composer of organ music after J. S. Bach - but over time we have come to understand the breadth of his skills as a pianist and teacher and composer. From his faculty post at the Paris Conservatoire to his lifelong position as organist and maître de chapelle at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde, Franck had an outsized influence on the music of 19th century Paris. Come enjoy music from Lalo, Chausson, and Delibes, and from Franck we’ll get to savor his Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra; the Psyché, symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra; his famous Violin Sonata in A; and of course the great D Minor Symphony. 

Program 1

César Franck: Grande pièce symphonique Op. 17 :  Liège, Belgium,  1.Andante                       

3 .Andante      
4. Allegro non troppo e maestoso          
Marie-Claire Alain

Frank Great Organ Works

Erato 0630 12706-2

3:44, 1:59,  2:22, 2:28

César Franck: Les Beatitudes, M. 53: Prologue   

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cornelia Kallisch; soloist,

Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei, Rilling, Helmuth; conductor
Les Beatitudes
Hanssler Classics HA 8548

César Franck: Beatitude No. 7. Selig Sind Die Friedfertig

(Blessed Are the Peacemakers) (Bass, Chorus, Baritone)   

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Cornelia Kallisch; soloist,

Stuttgart Gachinger Kantorei, Rilling, Helmuth; conductor
Les Beatitudes
Hanssler Classics HA 8548

Édouard Lalo: Cello Concerto In D Minor:

2. Intermezzo

3. Introduction: Andante, Allegro vivace

Yo-Yo Ma; Lorin Maazel: Orchestre National De France

Cello Concertos

CBS Masterworks MK 35848

6:19, 7:41

Édouard Lalo: Guitare Op. 17, No. 1    

Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau

Un Frisson Français - A Century of French Song

Onyx 4030




Program 2

Charles-Valentin Alkan: Alleluia, Op. 25        

Super Flumina Babylonis, "Paraphrase Du Psaume 137", Op. 52        

Marc-André Hamelin     

Alkan: Symphony For Solo Piano  Trois Morceaux dans le genre pathétique

Hyperion CDA 67218

2:42, 6:36

César Franck: Les Eolides   

Kurt Masur: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Franck: Symphony In D Minor & Les Éolides

Teldec 74863


César Franck: Panis Angelicus

Roberto Alagna; Michel Plasson: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra

Sacred Songs / Roberto Alagna

DG 680802


César Franck: Le Chasseur Maudit

BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Tadaaki Otaka

Psyché/ Le Chasseur Maudit

Chandos 9342


Léo Delibes: Lakmé - Prélude

Mady Mesplé, Charles Burles, Danielle Millet, Roger Soyer

Alain Lombard: Opéra-Comique Orchestra & Chorus

Delibes: Lakmé [Disc 1]   

Classics for Pleasure 93368


Léo Delibes: Lakmé, Act 1: Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme Épais (Flower Duet)       

Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca Ramón Vargas, Ludovic Tézier,

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Marco Armiliato; conductor

The Opera Gala Live from Baden-Baden

DG 477 7177


Saint-Germain du Val, La Flèche, France, (Loire Valley

Program 3

César Franck: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor:

II. Lento con molto sentimento    

Budapest String Quartet & Artur Balsam

Library of Congress Recordings Vol 23/ Budapest Quartet

Bridge 9185


César Franck: Psyché (1886-88):

Part II: Les Jardins D'Eros

Part II: Lento (chorus)

Part II: Psyche Et Ero

Part III: Quasi Lento

Part III: Souffrances At Plaintes de Psyche

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Welsh Chorus, Tadaaki Otaka

Psyché/ Le Chasseur Maudit

Chandos 9342

4:03, 7:42, 8:32, 4:15, 13:29

Program 4

César Franck: Violin Sonata In A, M 8 - 1. Allegro Moderato  

Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich   

Music from Saratoga

EMI 5190878


César Franck: Sonata In A For Violin & Piano

1. Allegretto Ben Moderato

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott

Paris La Belle Époque

Sony SK 87287


César Franck: Violin Sonata In A, M 8 -

2. Allegro       

3. Recitativo, Fantasia

4. Allegro Poco Mosso

Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich

Music From Saratoga

EMI 5190878

7:24,  6:32, 6:05

César Franck: Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra

Charles Dutoit, Philippe Entremont & Philharmonia Orchestra

Symphonie Sur un CHant Montagnard Français/ Variations Symphoniques/ Ballade

CBS Masterworks CX74102


Ernest Chausson: Duets, Op. 11 (La Nuit)

Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Graham Johnson

Sweet Power Of Song

EMI Classics 49930


Program 5

Gabriel Pierné: Cydalise et le chevre-pied: Act II Tableau 2:

A Corner of the Parterre in Versailles: Entry de Styrax            

Collège Vocal de la Cathédrale de Metz David Shallon, Luxembourg Phil

Cydalise et le chevre-pied

Timpani 1C1174


Gabriel Pierné: Cydalise et le chèvre-pied: Marche des petits faunes

Orchestre des Concerts Colonne/ Gabriel Pierné

Gabriel Pierné: Chabier/ Bizet/ Lalo/ Berlioz/ Debussy/ Franck/ Pierné

Malibran CDRG 140


César Franck: Pièce Heroique in B Minor, M. 37 in B Minor, M. 37

Marcel Dupré

Pièce Héroïque / Three Chorales

Mercury MB 7013


César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:

I. Lento

Pierre Monteux & Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Franck: Symphony; Stravinsky: Pétrouchka / Monteux, CSO, BSO

RCA Victor 67897


César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:

II. . Allegretto   

Kurt Masur: New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Franck: Symphony In D Minor & Les Éolides

Teldec 74863


César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:

III. Allegro non troppo   

Philippe Herreweghe and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées


Harmonia Mundi HMC 901771




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