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César Franck

Biography

Born: 1822   Died: 1890   Country: France   Period: Romantic
César Franck is an important composer from the latter half of the nineteenth century, particularly in the realms of symphonic, chamber, organ and piano music. His stage works were uniformly unsuccessful, though his choral compositions fared somewhat better. Born in Liège (in the French region which in 1830 became part of a new state, Belgium), on December 10, 1822, he led a group of young composers, among them d'Indy, Duparc, and Dukas, who found Read more much to admire in his highly individual post-Romantic style, with its rich, innovative harmonies, sometimes terse melodies, and skilled contrapuntal writing. This group, sometimes known as "la bande à Franck," steered French composition toward symphonic and chamber music, finally breaking the stranglehold of the more conservative opera over French music.

Franck was a keyboard player of extraordinary ability who had a short stint as a touring piano virtuoso before moving to Paris and throwing himself into musical studies. In addition, he was an organist at several major churches during his career, and his skills on the organ accounted in great part for his compositional interest in that instrument; his organ compositions stand at the apex of the Romantic organ repertoire. Franck was a man of strong religious convictions throughout his life, which often motivated him to compose works based on biblical texts or on other church sources. For much of his life he was organist at the Paris churches of St.-Jean-St. François and then Ste.-Clothilde, and in 1872 he became a professor at the Paris Conservatoire.

Individual and instantly recognizable though his music was, it owes a debt to Liszt and Wagner, especially to the latter's Tristan und Isolde and several other late works. He tended to use rather quick modulations, another inheritance from Wagner, and shifting harmonies. There is a Germanic ponderousness in some of his compositions; consider, for example, the opening of the Symphony in D minor of 1888, probably Franck's most famous composition. In this work, one hears a mixture of paradoxical elements so typical of the composer: for example, moments of peace and serenity barely conceal an undercurrent of disquiet. In this symphony, Franck, adapts the Lisztian-Wagnerian predilection toward cyclical structure and melodic motto to an abstract symphonic form. Another characteristic of Franck's music is extended homophonic writing, as exemplified in his choral symphonic poem Psyché.

Franck died in Paris on November 8, 1890. By the turn of the century he had become the leading figure associated with the "Old School" in France, while Debussy came to represent the "progressive" forces. Read less
Franck: Piano Music / Stephen Hough
Release Date: 03/10/1997   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66918   Number of Discs: 1
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Rachmaninov, Franck: Cello Sonatas / Isserlis, Hough
Release Date: 07/08/2003   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67376   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré, Franck: String Quartets / Dante Quartet
Release Date: 08/12/2008   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 67664   Number of Discs: 1
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Franck: Symphony in D Minor; Faure, Wagner / Munch
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Ica Classics  
Catalog: 5015   Number of Discs: 1
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Franck: Symphony; Cantabile; Piece Heroique; Redemption / Simon Johnson
Release Date: 10/08/2013   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68046   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, M 8

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    Franck, Grieg, Dvorak: Violin Sonatas / Capucon, Buniatishvili
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 625018 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Khatia Buniatishvili,  Renaud Capuçon
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    La Flute Enchantee - Debussy, Franck, Jongen / Heinzmann, Blumina
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 14318 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Jongen,  César Franck,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Hans-Udo Heinzmann,  Elisaveta Blumina
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  • 4.
    Sonatas For Violin And Piano By Cesar Franck And Richard Strauss
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 186470 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Arabella Steinbacher,  Robert Kulek
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    Faure, Poulenc, Franck: Violin Sonatas
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 81 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Francis Poulenc,  César Franck
    Performer:  Anne Lovett,  Giovanni Guzzo
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    Franck: Sonata For Violin & Piano (Arr. For Piano Trio); Three Chorales For Organ (Arr For Piano Solo)
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 31855 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Karl Andreas Kolly,  David Riniker,  Simone Riniker
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    French Cello Sonatas, Vol. 2: Franck, Saint-saens, Faure
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 553314 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré,  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Paul Rivinius,  Julian Steckel
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    Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 2; Chausson: Poeme; Franck: Violin Sonata In A
    Label: Orchid Classics   Catalog: 100040 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ernest Chausson,  César Franck
    Performer:  Callum Smart,  Gordon Back
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    Schumann, Franck, Debussy, Poulenc / Anne Gastinel
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40041 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  César Franck,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Claire Désert
    Conductor:  Louis Langrée
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Art Of Arthur Grumiaux
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 9116 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Riccardo Castagnone,  Hans Altmann,  Hermann von Beckerath
    Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann,  Lorin Maazel,  Hans Müller-Kray,  Bernhard Paumgartner  ... 
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    Poeme - Works For Violin & Piano  / Lisa Jacobs, Ksenia Kouzmenko
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72624 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Ysaÿe,  César Franck
    Performer:  Lisa Jacobs,  Ksenia Kouzmenko
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Cello Sonata In A Minor, Op. 36; Franck: Sonata In A Major, For Violin And Piano
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3319 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  César Franck
    Performer:  Rose Chancler,  Volkan Orhon
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    Reflections & Relationships / Senyshyn, O'Neill-Senyshyn
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1444 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  César Franck,  Jacques Ibert,  Larysa Kuzmenko  ... 
    Performer:  Yaroslav Senyshyn,  Susan O'neill-senyshyn
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    The Art Of The Violin / Paidassi, Wagschal
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gabriel Pierné,  César Franck,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Laurent Wagschal,  Solenne Paidassi
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    Franck: Violin Sonata; Prelude, Fugue Et Variation; Prelude, Choral Et Fugue
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 52 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Domenico Codispoti
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    Sarah Chang: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844172 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Chang,  Lars Vogt,  Wolfram Christ,  Georg Faust  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Cortot: Piano Arrangements / He Yue
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 641 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  He Yue
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  • 19.
    David Oistrakh [5-CD Set]
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001931 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Viotti,  César Franck,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Taneyev  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Nicolai Malko,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Alexander Gauk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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  • 21.
    Ashkenazy - 50 Years on Decca
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001820202 Release Date: 04/02/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Boris Belkin,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fou Ts'ong  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Lorin Maazel,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Wind Soloists  ... 
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  • 22.
    Franck, Strauss: Violin Sonatas / Dumay, Lortie
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4096 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Louis Lortie,  Augustin Dumay
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  • 23.
    Cesar Franck: Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Cypres   Catalog: 4637 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Tatiana Samouil,  David Lively,  Justus Grimm,  Korneel [Double Bass] Lecompte
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  • 24.
    The Very Best Of Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 164862 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jean Sibelius,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Artur Rubinstein,  Arok Sandor,  Emanuel Bay
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Thomas Beecham
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    Danwen Jiang: Live In Concert
    Label: Soundset   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  César Franck,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Danwen Jiang,  Walter Cosand
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