Cesar Franck: Organ Works

Bjorn Boysen

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At the time César Franck was born in Liège, Belgium, on 10 December 1822, Beethoven had not yet composed his 9th symphony, or his last string quartets. When Franck died at the age of 67 in 1890, Claude Debussy had already made his mark with works including the Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire; it is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that a composer whose life spanned such extremities, had trouble finding his own voice.

Franck was Belgian by birth, but on two occasions during his life he applied for, and was granted, French citizenship.The first occasion was in 1835 because the Paris conservatoire would only accept French students, and the second was in 1872 when he was appointed professor of organ at the same institution (the position was onlya vailable to French citizens). Driven by his highly ambitious father, Franck’s earliest years were spent pursuing a career as a virtuoso pianist, partly in Belgium and partly in France. His career never really took off, however, and he resigned to earning a living as a music teacher, while at the same time attempting to establish himself as a composer.

Tracklist

1.
Andantino
07:26
2.
Six pieces - Fantaisie en ut, op. 16
11:33
3.
Six pieces - Grande Piece Symphonique, op. 17
26:33
4.
Six pieces - Pastorale, op. 19
09:15
5.
Six pieces - Pri?re, op. 20
12:30
6.
Six pieces - Final, op. 21
11:45
7.
Six pieces - Prelude, Fugue et Variation, op. 18
10:04
8.
Trois pieces - Fantaisie en la
13:31
9.
Trois pieces - Cantabile
05:34
10.
Trois pieces - Piece heroique
08:22
11.
Trois Chorals - No. 1 in E major
15:31
12.
Trois Chorals - No. 2 in B minor
13:09
13.
Trois Chorals - No. 3 in A minor
12:34

Total time: 02:37:47

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Bjørn Boysen

Recording Engineer

Arne Akselberg

Recording location

Oslo, 26–29 Jan 2017

SKU

LWC1147

Release Date May 5, 2018
SKU LWC1147

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