Franck - Symphony in D Minor FWV 48, Variations symphoniques FWV 46 (2020)

Franck

Denis Kozhukhin

Gustavo Gimeno

Voluptuous Sounds and Graceful Charm

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The Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and its Music Director Gustavo Gimeno continue their acclaimed series of composer portraits with a composer portrait of César Franck. The album features the famous Symphony in D Minor, as well as the lesser-known, but equally enchanting Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, with Denis Kozhukhin as soloist.

Born in Liege but raised in Paris, Franck synthesized Wagnerism with French musical traditions, resulting in a fine equilibrium between a voluptuous orchestral sound and audacious harmonies on the one hand, and lucidity and graceful charm on the other. While the three-movement symphony follows a from-darkness-to-light trajectory, the delightful Variations oscillate between symphonic poems and a miniature piano concerto.

Franck is not only available in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 64, but it is exclusively available in Stereo and Multichannel DSD 128, DSD 256, DXD and Stereo DSD 512 at the Native DSD Music Store.

The earlier composer portraits from the OPL and Gustavo Gimeno featuring monographs of Shostakovich, Bruckner, Ravel, Mahler, Stravinsky, Debussy, and Rossiniare also available from NativeDSD.  We encourage you to give them a listen as well.

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Denis Kozhukhin

Denis Kozhukhin’s playing is characterised by an extraordinary technical mastery balanced by a sharp intelligence, calm maturity and wisdom. Kozhukhin has that rare and special gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audience. Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart. Kozhukhin has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Since winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23, Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. In 2015, Kozhukhin signed an exclusive recording agreement with Pentatone. His debut recording for the label (Grieg Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vassily Sinaisky) was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Disc of the month in Fono Forum and Stereophone. His next recording of solo Brahms was released in February 2017. Both albums are available in DSD Stereo and DSD Surround Sound from NativeDSD Music. Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann, Emmanuel Pahud and Alisa Weilerstein. photo: Felix Broede

Gustavo Gimeno

Born in Valencia, Gustavo Gimeno began his international conducting career in 2012, when at that time he was a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, as an assistant to Mariss Jansons. Significant experience was also harnessed in assisting Bernard Haitink and Claudio Abbado, with whom he forged an intense and influential mentorship. Following his acclaimed conducting debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2014, Gustavo Gimeno took up the post of Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with the 2015-16 season. In his second season, he continues this partnership with a focus on the great orchestral literature including Mahler Symphony No. 4, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”, Stravinsky’s “Sacre” and new commissions of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Francisco Coll. Aside from his Music Director commitments in Luxembourg, Gustavo Gimeno has collaborated with a select list of orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic, and the Philharmonia Zurich. In 2015, Gimeno led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on tour to Asia. In 2016-17 season, Gimeno will make his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia. He will also appear in Vienna twice that season, with the OPL at the Wiener Konzerthaus and with Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein. “His musical rhetorics are refined, his grip on the structure of the compositions is accurate and convincing” observed Joep Stapel in the NRC Handelsblad, “Gimeno knew how to keep the tension and made the musicians … excel.”
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Franck - Symphony in D Minor FWV 48, Variations symphoniques FWV 46 (2020)

Franck

Denis Kozhukhin

    NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Excellent recordings and playing of both works!

Bill Dodd, Senior Reviewer

Franck - Symphony in D Minor FWV 48, Variations symphoniques FWV 46 (2020)

Franck

Denis Kozhukhin

Producer: Karel Bruggeman (Polyhymnia International B.V.)
Recording Engineer: Kees de Visser
Recording location: This album was recorded at the Philharmonie Luxembourg in July 2019 (Symphony in D minor) and November 2019 (Symphonic Variations)
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo
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Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - II. Allegretto
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Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - III. Finale. Allegro non troppo
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Poco allegro
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Poco piu lento
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Allegretto quasi andante
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 1
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 2
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 3
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 4
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 5
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 6
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - A tempo
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Allegro non troppo
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Un pochettino ritenuto
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Tempo I
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