César Franck Edition

César Franck Edition
Composer César Auguste Franck
Artist Various artists
Format 23 CD
Cat. number 95793
EAN code 5028421957937
Release January 2019

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This remarkable set reveals the full breadth and genius of a creative career known to most merely by the tip of the iceberg: a small number of seminal works written in the composer’s final decade of life. Ceìsar Franck (1822–1890), although considered one of the foremost 19th-century French composers, was not in fact French by birth, but Belgian. He only became a full French citizen in 1873 after he had been appointed organ professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His career can be divided into three distinct periods, each characterised by the production of very different types of music.

From 1834 to 1846, under pressure from his father, he concertised as a piano virtuoso, and most of the works of this period were written with that purpose in mind. In the decade following his marriage in 1848 he composed virtually nothing but became celebrated as an organist, and he would bring the spacious dimensions of that instrument to his sound world in the years to come. His ‘middle period’ – from about 1858 to 1879 – was devoted to the production of works for organ, church music and a series of monumental choral pieces on religious or biblical subjects. In these three decades he wrote virtually nothing for the piano. From 1879 begins the decade of his late flowering in the great chamber and orchestral works, ushered in by his well-loved Piano Quintet and containing the pieces for which Franck is widely known. Spanning all three periods were opera and his small output of 18 mélodies.

César Franck (1822-1890), is widely considered one of the foremost 19th century French composers. He was not in fact French by birth, being born to parents of German stock in Liege, Belgium. He only became a full French citizen in 1873. A child prodigy he studied piano and organ in both Belgium and France. His career as a traveling piano virtuoso was not successful and it was as an organist that he finally established himself and settled in France as a teacher and organist, the Paris church St Clothilde, with its magnificent Cavaille Coll organ, being his home.
Like Bruckner and Messiaen, he was a devout Christian who invested his music with an intense spirituality that was matched in his personal life by an almost saintly innocence. His musical style is characterized by intense and rich chromaticism, long, curving melodic lines and highly personal counterpoint.
This edition offers an extensive range of his works: the famous Violin Sonata, the Symphony, and the organ works, but also lesser known works like the piano trios, piano quintet and string quartet, the great piano works, the complete songs, the opera Stradella, the mighty oratorio Les Béatitudes, symphonic poems, the rarely heard and recorded Rédemption and the Mass.
Performers include conductors Jean Fournet, Roberto Benzi and Helmuth Rilling, pianists Mūza Rubackytė and Klára Würtz, violinist Kristóf Baráti and organist Adriano Falcioni.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Le chasseur maudit, FWV 44
  2. Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48: I. Lento. Allegro non troppo
  3. Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48: II. Allegretto
  4. Symphony in D Minor, FWV 48: III. Finale. Allegro non troppo

Disk 2

  1. Symphonic Variations, FWV 46
  2. Les djinns in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 45
  3. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 11: I. Allegro maestoso
  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 11: II. Adagio
  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 11: III. Rondo. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Les éolides in A Major, FWV 43
  2. Psyché, FWV 47: I. Le sommeil de psyche. Lento
  3. Psyché, FWV 47: II. Psyché enlevée par les zéphyrs. Allegro vivace
  4. Psyché, FWV 47: III. Les jardins d’éros. Poco animato
  5. Psyché, FWV 47: IV. Psyché et éros. Allegretto modéré

Disk 4

  1. String Quartet in D Major, FWV 9: I. Poco lento – Allegro
  2. String Quartet in D Major, FWV 9: II. Scherzo. Vivace
  3. String Quartet in D Major, FWV 9: III. Larghetto
  4. String Quartet in D Major, FWV 9: IV. Finale. Allegro molto – Larghetto

Disk 5

  1. Piano Quintet in F Minor, FWV 7: I. Molto moderato quasi lento
  2. Piano Quintet in F Minor, FWV 7: II. Lento, con molto sentiment
  3. Piano Quintet in F Minor, FWV 7: III. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco

Disk 6

  1. Piano Trio No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 1, Op. 1: I. Andante con moto
  2. Piano Trio No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 1, Op. 1: II. Allegro molto
  3. Piano Trio No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 1, Op. 1: III. Finale. Allegro maestoso
  4. Piano Trio No. 2 in B-Flat Major, FWV 2, Op. 1: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Piano Trio No. 2 in B-Flat Major, FWV 2, Op. 1: II. Andantino
  6. Piano Trio No. 2 in B-Flat Major, FWV 2, Op. 1: III. Minuetto
  7. Piano Trio No. 2 in B-Flat Major, FWV 2, Op. 1: IV. Finale. Allegro molto
  8. Duo concertante in B-Flat Major, Op. 14: I. Maestoso – Allegretto grazioso –Molto più lento – Tempo del maestoso
  9. Andantino quietoso in E-Flat Major, FWV 5, Op. 6

Disk 7

  1. Piano Trio No. 3 in B Minor, FWV 3, Op. 1: I. Allegro
  2. Piano Trio No. 3 in B Minor, FWV 3, Op. 1: II. Adagio. Quasi allegretto – tempo primo
  3. Piano Trio No. 3 in B Minor, FWV 3, Op. 1: III. Finale. Poco lento — Moderato ma molto energico – Il doppio più lento – Tempo primo
  4. Piano Trio No. 4 in B Minor, FWV 4, Op. 2: I. Allegro
  5. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato
  6. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: II. Allegro
  7. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: III. Recitativo–Fantasia
  8. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Disk 8

  1. Ballade in B Major, Op. 9
  2. 4 Schubert Songs Op. 8: I. Die junge Nonne
  3. 4 Schubert Songs Op. 8: II. Die Forelle
  4. 4 Schubert Songs Op. 8: III. Des Mädchens Klage
  5. 4 Schubert Songs Op. 8: IV. Das Zügenglöcklein
  6. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, Op. 15: I. Andantino
  7. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, Op. 15: II. Allegretto
  8. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, Op. 15: III. Allegretto non troppo ma giocoso
  9. Souvenirs d’aix-la-chapelle, FWV 14, Op. 7

Disk 9

  1. Grande fantaisie No. 1, FWV 16, Op. 11: I. Andantino
  2. Grande fantaisie No. 1, FWV 16, Op. 11: II. Siciliana: Non troppo vivo e grazioso – Moderato: Poco più mosso – Allegro risoluto
  3. Grande Fantaisie No. 2, FWV 17, Op. 12: I. Maestoso – Allegretto grazioso
  4. Fantaisie No.2 in D Major: I. Andante
  5. Fantaisie No.2 in D Major: II. Tema. Polacca
  6. Fantaisie No.2 in D Major: III. Variazione. Meno vivo
  7. Fantaisie No.2 in D Major: IV. Andante
  8. Fantaisie No.2 in D Major: V. Finale. Allegro
  9. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, FWV 18, Op. 15: I. Andantino
  10. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, FWV 18, Op. 15: II. Allegretto
  11. Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonaises, FWV 18, Op. 15: III. Allegro non troppo, ma giocoso
  12. Grande fantaisie No. 3: I. Presto —
  13. Grande fantaisie No. 3: Adagio —
  14. Grande fantaisie No. 3: Presto
  15. Grande fantaisie No. 3: II. Tema. Andante —
  16. Grande fantaisie No. 3: Prima variazione —
  17. Grande Fantaisie No. 3: Seconda variazione – Finale

Disk 10

  1. Prélude, fugue et variation in B Minor, FWV 30, Op. 18: I. Prélude —
  2. Prélude, fugue et variation in B Minor, FWV 30, Op. 18: Lento
  3. Prélude, fugue et variation in B Minor, FWV 30, Op. 18: II. Fugue
  4. Prélude, fugue et variation in B Minor, FWV 30, Op. 18: III. Variation
  5. Prélude, aria et final in E Minor, FWV 23: I. Prélude
  6. Prélude, aria et final in E Minor, FWV 23: II. Aria
  7. Prélude, aria et final in E Minor, FWV 23: III. Final
  8. Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: I. Prélude
  9. Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: II. Choral —
  10. Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: Poco allegro
  11. Prélude, choral et fugue, FWV 21: III. Fugue

Disk 11

  1. Fantasy in C Major, FWV 28, Op. 16
  2. Grande pièce symphonique in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 29, Op. 17
  3. Prélude, fugue et variation in B Minor, FWV 30, Op.18
  4. Pastorale in E Major, FWV 31, Op. 19
  5. Prière in C-Sharp Minor, FWV 32, Op. 20
  6. Final in B-Flat Major, FWV 33, Op. 21

Disk 12

  1. Fantasy in A Major, FWV 35
  2. Cantabile in B Major, FWV 36
  3. Pièce héroïque in B Minor, FWV 37
  4. Choral in E Major, FWV 38
  5. Choral in B Minor, FWV 39
  6. Choral in A Minor, FWV 40

Disk 13

  1. 5 Pièces pour harmonium, FWV 26: I. Offertoire in B Major
  2. 5 Pièces pour harmonium, FWV 26: II. Petit offertoire in E Major
  3. 5 Pièces pour harmonium, FWV 26: III. Premier verset in F Minor
  4. 5 Pièces pour harmonium, FWV 26: IV. Deuxième verset in F Minor
  5. 5 Pièces pour harmonium, FWV 26: V. Communion in E Major
  6. Prélude, fugue et variation, FWV 30, Op. 18
  7. Offertoire in A Major
  8. Petit offertoire in C Minor, CFF 38
  9. Quasi marcia in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 34, Op. 22
  10. Offertoire: I. Maestoso ma non lento
  11. Offertoire sur un noël bréton in A Minor, CFF 34
  12. Entrée in E Major, CFF 37
  13. Pièce in E-Flat Major
  14. L’Organiste, CFF 40: I. Poco allegretto
  15. L’Organiste, CFF 40: II. Andantino
  16. L’Organiste, CFF 40: III. Poco lento
  17. L’Organiste, CFF 40: IV. Maestoso
  18. L’Organiste, CFF 40: V. Poco lento
  19. L’Organiste, CFF 40: VI. Poco allegro
  20. L’Organiste, CFF 40: Amen. Moderato
  21. L’Organiste, CFF 40: VII. Offertoire. Andantino
  22. L’Organiste, CFF 41: I. Andante
  23. L’Organiste, CFF 41: II. Andantino
  24. L’Organiste, CFF 41: III. Poco andantino
  25. L’Organiste, CFF 41: IV. Poco allegro
  26. L’Organiste, CFF 41: V. Lento
  27. L’Organiste, CFF 41: VI. Andantino poco mosso
  28. L’Organiste, CFF 41: Amen. Moderato
  29. L’Organiste, CFF 41: VII. Andante
  30. L’Organiste, CFF 42: I. Quasi allegro
  31. L’Organiste, CFF 42: II. Chant de la creuse. Très lent
  32. L’Organiste, CFF 42: III. Quasi andante
  33. L’Organiste, CFF 42: IV. Vieux noël. Andantino
  34. L’Organiste, CFF 42: V. Maestoso
  35. L’Organiste, CFF 42: VI. Vieux noël. Maestoso
  36. L’Organiste, CFF 42: Amen. Moderato
  37. L’Organiste, CFF 42: VIII. Sortie ou offertoire. Allegro

Disk 14

  1. L’Organiste, CFF 43: I. Andantino poco allegretto
  2. L’Organiste, CFF 43: II. Quasi lento
  3. L’Organiste, CFF 43: III. Molto moderato
  4. L’Organiste, CFF 43: IV. Allegretto
  5. L’Organiste, CFF 43: V. Poco allegro
  6. L’Organiste, CFF 43: VI. Andantino
  7. L’Organiste, CFF 43: Amen. Moderato
  8. L’Organiste, CFF 43: VII. Offertoire. Andantino poco allegretto
  9. L’Organiste, CFF 44: I. Andantino quasi allegretto
  10. L’Organiste, CFF 44: II. Moderato
  11. L’Organiste, CFF 44: III. Prière. Quasi lento
  12. L’Organiste, CFF 44: IV. Non troppo lento
  13. L’Organiste, CFF 44: V. Allegretto
  14. L’Organiste, CFF 44: VI. Poco allegretto
  15. L’Organiste, CFF 44: Amen. Moderato
  16. L’Organiste, CFF 44: VII. Offertoire ou communion. Poco lento
  17. L’Organiste, CFF 45: I. Allegretto
  18. L’Organiste, CFF 45: II. Andantino
  19. L’Organiste, CFF 45: III. Lento
  20. L’Organiste, CFF 45: IV. Allegretto
  21. L’Organiste, CFF 45: V. Allegretto
  22. L’Organiste, CFF 45: VI. Poco lento
  23. L’Organiste, CFF 45: Amen. Moderato
  24. L’Organiste, CFF 45: VII. Sortie. Molto moderato
  25. L’Organiste, CFF 46: I. Air béarnais. Andantino
  26. L’Organiste, CFF 46: II. Chant béarnais: Poco allegretto
  27. L’Organiste, CFF 46: III. Andantino
  28. L’Organiste, CFF 46: IV. Poco lento
  29. L’Organiste, CFF 46: V. Poco allegro
  30. L’Organiste, CFF 46: VI. Poco allegretto
  31. L’Organiste, CFF 46: Amen in F-Sharp Minor. Moderato
  32. L’Organiste, CFF 46: Amen in G-Fflat Major. Moderato
  33. L’Organiste, CFF 46: VII. Offertoire funèbre. Poco lento
  34. L’Organiste, CFF 47: I. Poco allegretto
  35. L’Organiste, CFF 47: II. Vieux noël. Poco lento
  36. L’Organiste, CFF 47: III. Noël Angevin. Allegretto
  37. L’Organiste, CFF 47: IV. Quasi lento
  38. L’Organiste, CFF 47: V. Noël angevin. Quasi allegro
  39. L’Organiste, CFF 47: VI. Allegretto vivo
  40. L’Organiste, CFF 47: Amen. Moderato
  41. L’Organiste, CFF 47: VII. Sortie. Allegro
  42. L’Organiste, CFF 48: I. Poco maestoso
  43. L’Organiste, CFF 48: II. Allegretto amabile
  44. L’Organiste, CFF 48: III. Andantino
  45. L’Organiste, CFF 48: IV. Andantino
  46. L’Organiste, CFF 48: V. Lento
  47. L’Organiste, CFF 48: VI. Andantino
  48. L’Organiste, CFF 48: VII. Sortie. Poco maestoso

Disk 15

  1. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: I. Overture
  2. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: II. Nous y voilà Monseigneur, par ici
  3. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: III. Venise est encore au bal
  4. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: IV. C’est donc vous Stradella
  5. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: V. À demain les delices suprêmes
  6. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 1: VI. Amis, la place est libre!
  7. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: I. Ah! Ah quel songe affreux
  8. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: II. Quand celui que j’adore
  9. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: III. Du bruit!
  10. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: IV. C’est nous qui vendons
  11. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: V. Ah voilà ce chanteur
  12. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: VI. O mon art! Art divin!
  13. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: VII. Quel coup du ciel!
  14. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: VIII. Encore quelques moments, c’est notre délivrance
  15. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: IX. Je reste aussi

Disk 16

  1. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 2: X. Je comprends, les témoins sont de trop
  2. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: I. Rome ou l’humble artiste
  3. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: II. À l’heure ou Dieu même
  4. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: III. J’y suis enfin
  5. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: IV. Dites-nous le nom de ce traitre
  6. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: V. Spadoni, que vois-je, o terreur!
  7. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: VI. Quoi! Perdrais-je sans retour
  8. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: VII. O Dieu tout puissant
  9. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: VIII. O dévouement divin, sacrifice sublime
  10. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: IX. Quand Dieu se lèvera pour rendre la justice
  11. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: X. Gloire à Dieu dans le ciel!
  12. Stradella, CFF 229, Pt. 3: XI. Allons, allons, enfants de Rome

Disk 17

  1. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: I. Prologue
  2. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: II. Première beatitude
  3. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: III. Deuxième beatitude
  4. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: IV. Troisième beatitude
  5. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: V. Quatrième beatitude

Disk 18

  1. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: VI. Cinquième beatitude
  2. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: VII. Sixtième beatitude
  3. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: VIII. Septième beatitude
  4. Les béatitudes, FWV 53: IX. Huitième beatitude

Disk 19

  1. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 1: I. Introduction
  2. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 1: II. Choeur terrestre
  3. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 1: III. Récit et choeur des anges
  4. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 1: IV. Choeur, récit et air de l’archange. V. Choeur general
  5. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 2: VI. Morceau symphonique
  6. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 2: VII. Choeur d’hommes
  7. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 2: VIII. Choeur des anges
  8. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 2: IX. Air de l’archange
  9. Rédemption, FWV 52, Pt. 2: X. Choeur general

Disk 20

  1. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: I. Kyrie
  2. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: II. Gloria
  3. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: III. Credo
  4. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: IV. Sanctus Benedictus
  5. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: V. Panis angelicus
  6. Messe à 3 voix in A Major, FWV 61: VI. Agnus dei
  7. From 3 Offertoires: I. Quae est ista
  8. From 3 Offertoires: II. Dextera domini

Disk 21

  1. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: I. Prologue. O vos omnes
  2. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: II. 1st Word. Pater, dimitte illis
  3. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: III. 2nd Word. Hodie mecum eris in paradiso
  4. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: IV. 3rd Word. Mulier, ecce filius tuus
  5. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: V. 4th Word. Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me?
  6. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: VI. 5th Word. Sitio
  7. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: VII. 6th Word. Consummatum est
  8. Les sept paroles du Christ sur la croix, CFF 180: VIII. 7th Word. Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum
  9. Fantasy in A Major, FWV 35
  10. Cantabile in B Major, FWV 36
  11. Pièce héroïque in B Minor, FWV 37

Disk 22

  1. Nocturne in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 85
  2. Ninon in A Major, FWV 71
  3. Le vase brisé in C Minor, FWV 84
  4. Lied in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 83
  5. Le mariage des roses in B Major, FWV 80
  6. Souvenance in F-Sharp Minor, FWV 70
  7. Robin Gray in A-Flat Major, FWV 74
  8. Passez, passez toujours in G Minor, FWV 82
  9. Roses et papillons in D-Flat Major, FWV 81
  10. L’ange et l’enfant, FWV 75
  11. Les cloches du soir, FWV 87
  12. L’émir de Bengador in F Minor, FWV 72
  13. S’il est un charmant gazon in E-Flat Major, FWV 78
  14. À cette terre où l’on ploie sa tente
  15. Aimer in A-Flat Major, FWV 76
  16. La procession in E Major, FWV 88

Disk 23

  1. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato
  2. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: II. Allegro
  3. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: III. Recitativo–Fantasia. Ben moderato
  4. Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
  5. Transcription for Cello and Piano: I. Allegretto ben moderato
  6. Transcription for Cello and Piano: II. Allegro
  7. Transcription for Cello and Piano: III. Recitativo–Fantasia. Ben moderato
  8. Transcription for Cello and Piano: IV. Allegretto poco mosso