Franck: Complete Orchestral Works / Liège Royal Philharmonic

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Orchestral music played a key role in the output of César Franck throughout his career. He accorded an important and innovative place to the symphonic...

Orchestral music played a key role in the output of César Franck throughout his career. He accorded an important and innovative place to the symphonic poem, a new genre of the Romantic era: Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne actually dates from 1846, two years before Franz Liszt’s composition of the same name! As a virtuoso pianist himself, Franck also produced a number of concertante works, from early pieces written for his own performance – a few brilliant sets of variations and a youthful concerto – to the famous Symphonic Variations (1885). The Symphony in D minor of 1887 was one of the cornerstones of the renewal of the genre in France, coming between Saint-Saëns’s Third Symphony (1886) and Chausson’s Symphony (1899). The Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège presents here the first genuinely complete survey of this orchestral and concertante repertory, assembling recordings from recent years and some new productions.

REVIEW:

The year 2022 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of César Franck. His orchestral music is not so often heard these days, so this comprehensive collection of performances from his home-town orchestra is quite timely. It would, however, have proved very welcome at any date for the Liège players not only play very well but also deliver the scores idiomatically and with real conviction. This box set usefully and enjoyably reminds us that there is plenty of pleasurable listening to be explored beyond the D minor symphony.

-- MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 08, 2022


  • UPC: 5400439007918


  • Catalog Number: FUG791


  • Label: Fuga Libera


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Cesar Franck


  • Conductor: François-Xavier Roth


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Liege Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Arming, Cheour De Radio France



Works:


  1. Variations brillantes sur un thème original, Op. 4

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse


  2. Variations brillantes sur Gustave III, Op. 8

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse


  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 11

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Florian Noack (Piano)

    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse


  4. Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Christian Arming


  5. Rédemption, Op. 22 (1872 version)

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Gergely Madaras


  6. Rédemption, Op. 22 (1873 version)

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Hervé Niquet


  7. Les Eolide

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: François-Xavier Roth


  8. Hulda

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Christian Arming


  9. Le chasseur maudit

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: François-Xavier Roth


  10. Les Djinns

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)

    Conductor: François-Xavier Roth


  11. Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien (Piano)

    Conductor: François-Xavier Roth


  12. Psyché

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio France Choir

    Conductor: Gergely Madaras


  13. Prélude, choral et fugue

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse


  14. Symphony in D Minor

    Composer: Cesar Franck

    Ensemble: Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Christian Arming