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Franck – Symphony in D Minor FWV 48, Variations symphoniques FWV 46

Denis Kozhukhin, Gustavo Gimeno, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

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Voluptuous Sounds and Graceful Charm

Exclusively in Stereo & Multichannel DSD 128, DSD 256, and DXD and Stereo DSD 512 at NativeDSD Music!

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 Rossini are also available from NativeDSD.  We encourage you to give them a listen as well.

Tracklist

Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
1.
Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - I. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo
17:32
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Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - II. Allegretto
10:04
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Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48 - III. Finale. Allegro non troppo
09:57
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Poco allegro
01:48
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Poco piu lento
02:28
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Allegretto quasi andante
00:35
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 1
00:37
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 2
00:34
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 3
00:31
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 4
00:58
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 5
00:30
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Var. 6
01:13
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - A tempo
02:43
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Allegro non troppo
01:52
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Un pochettino ritenuto
00:33
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Variations symphoniques in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 46 - Tempo I
01:56

Total time: 00:53:51

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PTC5186771

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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

Release DateJune 12, 2020

Press reviews

HRAudio 5 out of 5

“a precious new ‘franck’ (as spelled on the cover) that can withstand with ease any competition, and meriting full attention of all those who have neglected French symphonic strength in between Berlioz’s ‘Fantastique’ and Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ symphonies.”

NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Excellent recordings and playing of both works!

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