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Franck: Organ Works / Boysen


Release Date: 02/02/2018 
Label:  Lawo Classics   Catalog #: 1147  
Composer:  César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cesar Franck’s significance for French musical life in the period of High Romanticism was considerable. He came to be regarded as one of the greatest of his time, as performer, composer, and, in due course, as professor of organ at the conservatory in Paris. Through his friendship with Liszt, Franck was encouraged to study the music of Beethoven, Bach and Wagner- three composers who each clearly left their mark on his compositions. It was especially after 1859 that Franck found his distinct voice: the new Cavaille-Coll organ, which had just been installed in the basilica of Saint Clotilde, was an important source of inspiration for the recently appointed “titulaire.” The first decades of the 19th century saw a decline for the organ in Read more France. The abundant repertoire of 18th century French organ music had all but sunk into oblivion. What one heard for the most part was improvisation, often based on music that was popular at the time, opera in particular, and, above all, Rossini. When French music began to turn away from its hitherto one-sided focus on opera and towards chamber music and symphonic works of the 1870s, Franck was a central source of inspiration. This album features some of Franck’s greates torgan works, performed by Bjorn Boysen on the Kuhn organ in Uranienborg Church. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Andantino for Organ in G minor, M 25 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1858; France 
2.
Fantasie for Organ in C major, Op. 16 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
3.
Grande pičce symphonique for Organ, Op. 17 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
4.
Pastorale for Organ in E major, Op. 19 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
5.
Pričre for Organ in C sharp minor, Op 20 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
6.
Finale for Organ in B flat major, Op. 21 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
7.
Prelude, Fugue and Variation for Organ in B minor, Op. 18 by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; France 
8.
Pieces (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; France 
9.
Chorales (3) for Organ by César Franck
Performer:  Bjorn Boysen (Organ)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; France 

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