Franck: Complete Organ Music

Franck: Complete Organ Music
Composer César Auguste Franck
Artist Adriano Falcioni organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94349
EAN code 5028421943497
Release July 2012

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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 Chorals 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 late and deeply intimate explorations are some spectacular transformations of Bachian counterpoint into 19th-century showpieces such as the Final 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.
- The liner notes, in English and Italian, describe the repertoire as well as the organ and its disposition.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Six Pièces: Fantasy in C, Op. 16
  2. Six Pièces: Grande pièce symphonique, Op. 17
  3. Six Pièces: Prélude, fugue et variation, Op. 18
  4. Six Pièces: Pastorale, Op. 19
  5. Six Pièces: Prière, Op. 20
  6. Six Pièces: Final, Op. 21

Disk 2

  1. Trois Pièces: Fantasy in A
  2. Trois Pièces: Cantabile
  3. Trois Pièces: Pièce héroïque
  4. Trois Chorals: No. 1 in E
  5. Trois Chorals: No. 2 in B Minor
  6. Trois Chorals: No. 3 in A Minor