Franck, César

August 22, 2019, 7:00 pm

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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.

Playlist

Episode 1

César Franck: Grande pièce symphonique Op. 17 : (1860-1862) Liège, Belgium,
1. Andante
2. Allegro
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; 5:52

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; 16:07

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; 1:43

Episode 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; 11:20

César Franck: Panis Angelicus
Roberto Alagna; Michel Plasson: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Sacred Songs / Roberto Alagna
DG 680802; 4:07

César Franck: Le Chasseur Maudit
BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Tadaaki Otaka
Psyché/ Le Chasseur Maudit
Chandos 9342; 14:28

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; 3:20

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; 6:43

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

Episode 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; 10:30

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

Episode 4

César Franck: Violin Sonata In A, M 8 – 1. Allegro Moderato
Itzhak Perlman, Martha Argerich
Music from Saratoga
EMI 5190878; 5:45

César Franck: Sonata In A For Violin & Piano
1. Allegretto Ben Moderato
Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott
Paris La Belle Époque
Sony SK 87287; 5:46

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; 15:06

Ernest Chausson: Duets, Op. 11 (La Nuit)
Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Graham Johnson
Sweet Power Of Song
EMI Classics 49930; 3:19

Episode 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; 1:09

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; 1:54

César Franck: Pièce Heroique in B Minor, M. 37 in B Minor, M. 37
Marcel Dupré
Pièce Héroïque / Three Chorales
Mercury MB 7013; 8:14

César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:
I. Lento
Pierre Monteux & Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Franck: Symphony; Stravinsky: Pétrouchka / Monteux, CSO, BSO
RCA Victor 67897; 17:09

César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:
II. Allegretto
Kurt Masur: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Franck: Symphony In D Minor & Les Éolides
Teldec 74863; 9:57

César Franck: Symphony in D Minor:
III. Allegro non troppo
Philippe Herreweghe and Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
Requiem
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901771; 10:11