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César Franck — Father of the Organ Symphony

2 DVDs and 2CDs, including a documentary featuring Joris Verdin on Franck and Performance Practice on the Organ







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César Franck (1822 – 1890) founded the French symphonic organ school with twelve great compositions, all of which are found in this four disc set. At the centre of the set are three films that explore his life and work. In Franck: Life of an Organist, Eric Lebrun, biographer of Franck, traces the most important events of his life and shows how his organ music fits into his overall canon.


In An Introduction to Franck’s Twelve Great Organ Works, David Noël-Hudson offers a textual analysis of all twelve pieces, including a groundbreaking thesis showing how the Trois Chorals can be seen as a single, cyclic work with three movements.


In Franck and Performance Practice on the Organ, Joris Verdin demonstrates how to play Franck’s music in a historically informed manner.

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“ Verdin's contribution is in many ways the highlight: his insights into Franck's music, questions surrounding the use of the cuillère (convincingly demonstrating its expressive advantages over the balanced swell) and, most especially, tempo, are typically perceptive.”


Choir and Organ, April 2015, four-star review



“The most authoritative and comprehensive filmed survey and detailed exploration of César Franck’s organ music… Joris Verdin works his magic on five predominantly slow pieces from L’Organiste.”


Gramophone, April 2015

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