César Franck

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César-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck (10 December 1822 – 8 November 1890) was a composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris during his adult life.

He was born at Liège, in what is now Belgium (though at the time of his birth it was part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands). He gave his first concerts there in 1834 and studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception to an early oratorio Ruth, he moved to Paris, where he married and embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable improviser, and travelled widely in France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

In 1858 he became organist at Sainte-Clotilde, a position he retained for the rest of his life. He became professor at the Paris Conservatoire in 1872; he took French nationality, a requirement of the appointment. His pupils included Vincent d'Indy, Ernest Chausson, Louis Vierne, Charles Tournemire, Guillaume Lekeu and Henri Duparc. After acquiring the professorship Franck wrote several pieces that have entered the standard classical repertoire, including symphonic, chamber, and keyboard works.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Pièce héroïque / Three Chorales Franck; Marcel Dupré 3
1975 Sonatas for Flute and Piano James Galway / Martha Argerich; Prokofieff / Franck 1
1976 Eesti orelid 2 J. S. Bach, C. Franck, O. Messiaen 1
1980 Franck: Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano / Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano Franck, Debussy; Kyung-Wha Chung, Radu Lupu 1
1980 Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Les Djinns Edvard Grieg, César Franck; Cristina Ortiz, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Philharmonia Orchestra 1
1983 Symphony in D minor / Pelléas et Mélisande Franck, Fauré; New Philharmonia Orchestra, Andrew Davis 1
1986 Violinsonaten Franck, Debussy, Ravel; Shlomo Mintz, Yefim Bronfman 1
1987 L'Œuvre d'orgue, Volume 2 César Franck; André Isoir 1
1987 Ravel: Piano Concertos / Fauré: Fantaisie / Franck: Symphonic Variations Ravel, Fauré, Franck; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alicia de Larrocha 1
1987 The Complete Organ Music César Franck; David Sanger 1
1988 Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major / Franck: Violin Sonata in A major Brahms, Franck; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cécile Licad 1
1988 Piano Concerto / Symphonic Variations Schumann, Franck; Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Václav Neumann, Ivan Moravec 1
1988 Works for Piano and Orchestra (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Enrique Bátiz, piano: Jorge Federico Osorio) Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Franck 1
1989 Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini / Franck: Symphonic Variations / Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso Rachmaninoff, Franck, Ravel; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell, Leon Fleisher 5 1
1989 Symphony in D minor / Prélude, Choral et Fugue César Franck; Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Günter Neuhold 1
1989 Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor / Franck: Sonata in A Chopin, Franck; Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim 1
1989 Complete Works for Organ, Volume 1 (Anthony Newman) César Franck 1
1989 Violin Sonatas Fauré, Debussy, Franck; Joshua Bell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet 1
1990 Franck / Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonatas / Ravel: Tzigane Franck, Saint‐Saëns, Ravel; Gil Shaham, Gerhard Oppitz 1
1990 Symphonie in D minor / Variations Symphoniques Franck; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor 1
1990 The Organ Works of César Franck César Franck; Jean Guillou 1
1990 Violin Sonatas Franck, Grieg; Takako Nishizaki, Jenő Jandó 2
1991 Murray Perahia Plays Franck & Liszt César Franck, Franz Liszt; Murray Perahia 1
1991 Messe I A-Dur op. 12 / Choral I E-Dur / Offertorium til festen for St. Clotilde César Franck; Roskildekoret, Jørgen Haldor Hansen 1
1992 Franck: Symphony in D Minor / Les Eolides César Franck; New York Philharmonic, Kurt Masur 2
1992 Franck / Fauré / Debussy Franck, Fauré, Debussy; Dimitri Ferschtman, Mila Baslawskaya 1
1992 Prélude, chorale et fugue / Prélude, aria et finale / Prélude, fugue et variation / Variations symphoniques Franck; Aldo Ciccolini, Orchestre de Liège, Paul Strauss 1
1992 Widor: Allegro (from Symphony no. 6) / Salve Regina / Franck: Pièce héroïque / Three Chorales Widor, Franck; Marcel Dupré 1
1993 The Music for Piano and Orchestra / Prelude, Chorale and Fugue César Franck; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu, Kerstin Åberg 1
1993 Piet Kee at the Concertgebouw Alain, Franck, Saint‐Saëns; Piet Kee 2
1993 Sonatas for Violin and Piano Richard Strauss, César Franck; Anne Akiko Meyers, Rohan de Silva 1
1994 Franck: Symphonic Variations / D'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air / Fauré: Ballade, op. 19 Franck, D'Indy, Fauré; National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Antonio de Almeida, François-Joël Thiollier 1
1994 Symphony in D minor / Symphonic Variations (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Carlos Maria Giulini) César Franck 1
1994 Franck - Prelude, Choral et Fugue / Prelude, Aria et Final / etc. (piano: Paul Crossley) César Franck 1
1994 Symphonie d-moll / Grande Pièce symphonique César Franck; Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lorin Maazel, David Sanger 1
1994 Symphony / Symphonic Variations César Franck 1
1995 Daniel Roth interprete César Franck, Vol. 2 César Franck; Daniel Roth 1
1995 Symphony in D minor (Leppard RPO) César Franck 1
1995 Franck: Symphonie / Roussel: Symphonie no. 3 Franck, Roussel; Orchestre National de France, Leonard Bernstein 1
1995 Josef Suk Plays Franck, Fauré, Ravel Franck, Fauré, Ravel; Josef Suk, Josef Hála 1
1995 Symphony in D minor / Le Chasseur maudit César Franck; Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti 3
1997 Piano Music César Franck; Stephen Hough 1
1997 Violin Sonatas Elgar, Franck; Midori, Robert McDonald 2
1997 Orchestral Music Vol. 1 (Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Roberto Benzi) César Franck 1
1998 Arno Bornkamp & Ivo Janssen Johannes Brahms, César Franck, Robert Schumann; Arno Bornkamp, Ivo Janssen 1
1998 Beethoven: "Moonlight" Sonata / Franck: Prelude, Choral et Fugue / Brahms: Paganini Variations Ludwig van Beethoven, César Franck, Johannes Brahms; Evgeny Kissin 1
1999 BBC Music, Volume 7, Number 10: Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 1 / Franck: Piano Quintet (Schubert Ensemble of London) Fauré / Franck 1
2000 Guilmant: Symphony no. 2 / Widor: Symphony no. 3 / Franck: Choral no. 2 Guilmant, Widor, Franck; BBC Philharmonic, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Ian Tracey 1
2001 The Great Organ Works, Vol. 1 César Franck; Eric Lebrun 1
2001 The Great Organ Works, Vol. 2 César Franck; Eric Lebrun 1
2001 Prélude, Aria et Final / Prélude, Fugue et Variation / Violin Sonata in A major César Franck; Yukie Nagai 1
2002 Sonatas C. Franck, J. Brahms; Paolo Giacometti, Pieter Wispelwey 2
2004 Works for Flute César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Richard Strauss; Emmanuel Pahud, Éric Le Sage 1
2005 Cello Sonatas Mendelssohn, Britten, Franck; Danjulo Ishizaka, Martin Helmchen 1
2005 Beethoven: Sonata no. 3 in E-flat major / Franck: Sonata in A major / Lekeu: Sonata in G major Ludwig van Beethoven, César Franck, Guillaume Lekeu; Hephzibah Menuhin, Yehudi Menuhin 1
2005 Cello Sonatas Brahms, Chopin, Franck; Jacqueline du Pré, Daniel Barenboim 2
2005 Complete Organ Works César Franck; Hans-Eberhard Roß 2
2005 Prélude, fugue & variation / Prélude, choral & fugue / Quintette pour piano et cordes César Franck; Alice Ader, Ensemble Ader 1
2005 Zuzana Ferjenčíková, Organ Liszt, Franck, Reubke; Zuzana Ferjenčíková 1
2006 Cezar Franck: Symphony in D minor / Ernest Chausson: Symphony in B-flat César Franck, Ernest Chausson; L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Marek Janowski 1
2006 Franck: Violin Sonata / Szymanowski: Mythes Franck, Szymanowski; Kaja Danczowska, Krystian Zimerman 2
2006 Prélude, chorale et fugue, Prélude, aria et finale / Préludes op. 103 César Franck, Gabriel Fauré; Germaine Thyssens-Valentin 1
2007 L'oeuvre d'harmonium César Franck; Joris Verdin 1
2008 Musique pour piano César Franck, Guillaume Lekeu; Satoshi Ishiyama 1
2008 Piano Quintet / String Quartet César Franck; Artur Pizarro, Petersen Quartett 1
2009 Franck, Lekeu: Sonates / Mathieu: Ballade-Fantaisie César Franck, Guillaume Lekeu, André Mathieu; Alain Lefèvre, David Lefèvre 1
2010 Prélude, choral et fugue / Les Djinns / Variations symphoniques / Prélude, fugue et variation César Franck; Bertrand Chamayou, Olivier Latry, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stéphane Denève 1
2011 Jennifer Pike plays Franck, Debussy, Ravel Franck, Debussy, Ravel; Jennifer Pike, Martin Roscoe 1
2011 Franck / Debussy / Poulenc Franck, Debussy, Poulenc; Anne Gastinel, Claire Désert 1
2015 …con alcune licenze Schumann, Hindemith, Désenclos, Franck; Ivory & Reed 1
2015 Symphonie en ré mineur Franck, Saint‐Saëns; Orchestre National de France, Leonard Bernstein 1
2015 Dupré at Saint-Sulpice, Volume Three: Franck Franck; Marcel Dupré 2
2016 Franck: Quintette avec piano / Debussy: Quatuor à cordes Franck, Debussy; Takács Quartet, Marc-André Hamelin 2
Franck, Quintette avec piano - Prélude, choral et fugue César Franck; Muir String Quartet, Jean-Philippe Collard 1
Franck: Symphonic Variations / Schumann: Piano Concerto César Franck, Robert Schumann; Béla Síki, Sir Eugene Goossens, Pro Arte Orchestra 1
Franck: Symphony in D minor / Schumann: Symphony No. 4 Franck, Schumann; Otto Klemperer, The New Philharmonia Orchestra 1
Franck: Violin Sonata / Brahms: Horn Trio Franck, Brahms; Ashkenazy, Perlman, Tuckwell 2
Grieg: Piano Concerto / R. Strauss: Burleske / Franck: Variations Symphoniques Grieg, R. Strauss, Franck; Michel Dalberto, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Philharmonia Orchestra 1
In Spiritum (Olivier Latry) César Franck 1
Le Chasseur Maudit/Les Eolides/Psyche César Franck; Armin Jordan, Sinfonieorchester Basel 1
Les Béatitudes (Oratorio) Franck; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
Piano Concertos / Variations Symphonique Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, César Franck; John Ogdon, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli 1
Saint Saëns: Concerto No. 2 / Franck: Symphonic Variations Saint-Saëns, Franck; Symphony of the Air, Alfred Wallenstein, Arthur Rubinstein 1
Sonates pour violon et piano César Franck, Guillaume Lekeu; Gérard Poulet, Noël Lee 1
Symphony in D minor / Le Chasseur maudit ("The Accursed Hunter") (Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra feat. Conductor: Jean-Yves Gaudin) César Franck 1
Violin Sonatas Johannes Brahms, César Franck; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер, Давид Фёдорович Ойстрах 1
Violinsonate & Streichquartett César Franck 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1962 Magnificent Two-Piano Performances Debussy, Poulenc, Franck, Saint‐Saëns; Leonid Hambro, Jascha Zayde 2
1987 Symphonie en Ré mineur / Variations Symphoniques Franck; Alexis Weissenberg, Orchestre de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano / Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano / Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp / Ravel: Introduction and Allegro Franck, Debussy, Ravel; Kyung Wha-Chung, Radu Lupu, Osian Ellis, Melos Ensemble 2
1988 Franck: Symphony in D minor / D'Indy: Symphony sur un chant montagnard / Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture Franck, Berlioz, D'Indy 1
1989 Classic Collection: Hallelujah Antonio Vivaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonín Dvořák, César Franck 1
1990 The Violin Sonatas Fauré, Franck; Arthur Grumiaux 1
1990 Jongen: Symphonie Concertante / Franck: Fantaisie in A / Pastorale Jongen, Franck; San Francisco Symphony, Edo de Waart, Michael Murray 1
1991 Grieg & Schumann: Piano Concertos / Franck: Symphonic Variations Grieg, Schumann, Franck; Clifford Curzon, Friedrich Gulda 2
1992 Symphony in D minor / Poeme op. 25 / Ballade op. 19 / Tzigane Franck, Fauré, Chausson, Ravel; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1994 Die Klassiksammlung 38: Franck: Symphonische Variationen César Franck 2
1994 The Best of César Franck César Franck 1
1995 Peer Gynt / Piano Concerto etc. Grieg, Schumann, Franck; John Ogdon, Paavo Berglund, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1996 Franck: Symphonie D‐moll / Mendelssohn: Symphonie Nr. 5 “Reformation” César Franck, Felix Mendelssohn; Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Lorin Maazel 1

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