Franck - The Piano Works | Stradivarius STR37222

Franck - The Piano Works


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Label: Stradivarius

Cat No: STR37222

Barcode: 8011570372222

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 10th June 2022



The pieces which are comprised in the present collection give a virtually complete idea of Franck’s quality as a piano composer. We have selected from his early works only those which seemed to us to indicate most faithfully that somewhat neglected period in his life, laying aside those which were of slight interest, we have included all the piano compositions of his later years.

From the early works we have chosen the Grande Sonate, op.10 (unpublished), written at the age of thirteen years, the Eglogue (1842), the Grand Caprice (1843), the Ballade (1844) and Trois petits riens (1846) (unpublished), preceding them with César Franck’s three first efforts in composition.

The mature style of the master is shown in his four most important piano works, the Prelude, Chorale and Fugue (1884), Les Djinns for piano and orchestra (1884), Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra (1885), the Prelude, Aria and Finale (1886), and also in two short pieces, Plaintes d’une poupée (1865) and Danse lente (1885), written for special occasions. Though the latter are simple in style and technique, they show nonetheless the unmistakable stamp of Franckian melody.

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