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Franck: Complete Organ Music / Adriano Falcioni


Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94349   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The grand swell and floating poetry of César Franck's works for organ have long given rise to descriptions such as musical incense, which focus on their numinous spiritual address, perhaps at the expense of their ingenious construction, which may owe much to a Wagnerian, leitmotivically inspired process of continuous development but also to older models of the French organ school -- and which in turn became influential for the next two generations of French organ composers such as Dupré and Duruflé.

The Three Chorales and the Pièce héroïque are relatively well known now, at least in recital (their technical difficulties place them beyond the reach of many church organists, and a few church organs, come to that), but beyond those
Read more late and deeply intimate explorations are some spectacular transformations of Bachian counterpoint into 19th-century showpieces such as the Finale in B flat.

Adriano Falcioni (b.1975) recently won golden opinions for his recital at the organ of Sheffield Cathedral, and has performed on the instruments of many great European churches and cathedrals. This particular recording was made in the Basilica of S.Maria degli Angeli in Assisi: a beautiful church in its own right, made only more so by acting as an ecclesiastical shell for the chapel of the Porziuncola, which is known as the birthplace of the Franciscan order: St Francis himself died but a few metres from the door of the chapel, well within the grounds of what is now a spectacular basilica.

Other information:
- An essential item in the catalogue of every serious record label: the complete immortal organ works by Cesar Franck.
- This new recording, made in 2011, is played on the beautiful organ of the Basilica of S. Maria degli Angeli in Assisi.
- Adriano Falcioni is one of Europe's foremost organists, having played in the most prestigious European Cathedrals and Churches. - Liner notes, in English and Italian.
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Works on This Recording

1. Prière for Organ in C sharp minor, Op 20 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
2. Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
3. Pieces (3) for Organ: no 3 - Pièce héroïque in B minor, M 37 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
4. Pieces (3) for Organ: no 2 - Cantabile in B major, M 36 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
5. Pieces (3) for Organ: no 1 - Fantaisie in A major, M 35 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
6. Pieces (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
7. Pastorale for Organ in E major, Op. 19 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
8. Grande pièce symphonique for Organ, Op. 17 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
9. Finale for Organ in B flat major, Op. 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
10. Fantasie for Organ in C major, Op. 16 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
11. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 3 in A minor, M 40 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
12. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 2 in B minor, M 39 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
13. Chorales (3) for Organ: no 1 in E major, M 38 by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 
14. Chorales (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 

Sound Samples

6 Pieces for Organ: No. 1. Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 16, M. 28
6 Pieces for Organ: No. 2. Grande piece symphonique in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 17, M. 29
6 Pieces for Organ: No. 3. Prelude, fugue et variation in B Minor, Op. 18, M. 30
6 Pieces for Organ: No. 4. Pastorale in E Major, Op. 19, M. 31
6 Pieces for Organ: No. 5. Priere in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 20, M. 32
6 Pieces for Organ: No. 6. Final in B-Flat Major, Op. 21, M. 33
3 Pieces for Organ: No. 1. Fantaisie in A Major, M. 35
3 Pieces for Organ: No. 2. Cantabile in B Major, M. 36
3 Pieces for Organ: No. 3. Piece Heroique in B Minor, M. 37
3 Chorales for Organ: No. 1 in E Major, M. 38
3 Chorales for Organ: No. 2 in B Minor, M. 39
3 Chorales for Organ: No. 3 in A Minor, M. 40

Customer Reviews

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 Franck among the best April 26, 2013 By J. Trimpey (Placerville, CA) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful introduction to Franck's organ compositions for a seasoned organ listener, played in a highly interpretive style. I had heard some of his minor works, but this selection brought C. Franck to my full attention." Report Abuse
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