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Franck: The Organ Works / Oosten


Release Date: 09/21/2018 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 3162080  
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ben van Oosten’s impressive discography of French organ music has somehow neglected one very important person: Cesar Franck. Now the Dutch organ wizard fills this glaring gap with a marvelous show of virtuosity on four releases bringing together the whole of Franck’s organ oeuvre, from his early efforts to the three great masterpiece cycles. Once again van Oosten performs on the legendary L’Orgue a Michel-Ange in St. Ouen’s Cathedral in Rouen. Today this organ, one of Aristide Cavaille-Coll’s most magnificent instruments, is preserved in its original state. Cavaille-Coll and Cesar Franck were close friends. Franck tested many brand new organs in Cavaille-Coll’s workshop and wrote the Trois Pieces for the inaugural concert of the Trocadero Read more Organ on the occasion of the World’s Fair in 1878. Good fortune for posterity: Franck’s premiere manuscript with the original registrations is extant and offers outstanding insights into his idea of sound. This idea is shaped essentially by the colors of a symphony orchestra. As he wrote to Cavaille-Coll, “My organ, it is an orchestra!” However, Franck’s beginnings as a pianist are in full evidence: broad chords and accompaniment arpeggios like those in the Fantaisie in A major are rather untypical of organist’s hands. It is thus that Franck developed a unique personal style. Ben van Oosten conveys all of the aforementioned in remarkable fashion. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prière for Organ in C sharp minor, Op 20 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
2.
Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
3.
Pieces (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
4.
Pièce for Organ in E flat major by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; France 
5.
Pièce for Grand Orgue by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
6.
Pastorale for Organ in E major, Op. 19 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
7.
L'organiste: Prélude pour l'Ave maris stella by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
8.
Grande pièce symphonique for Organ, Op. 17 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
9.
Grand choeur, for organ by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1841 
10.
Finale for Organ in B flat major, Op. 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
11.
Fantasie for Organ in C major, Op. 16 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
12.
Fantasie for Organ in C major by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
13.
Chorales (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
14.
Andantino for Organ in G minor, M 25 by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1858; France 
15.
Andantino for Organ in A flat major by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
16.
Work(s) by César Franck
Performer:  Ben van Oosten (Organ)

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