Franck

Franck: Les Béatitudes (Fuga Libera)

A fine performance of this ambitious but uneven work, but note the skimpy documentation [SB]

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The Great Organ of Aarhus Cathedral (Danacord)

Superb performances, great sound quality, brilliant documentation and rewarding programming [JF]

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Carolyn Sampson (soprano) but I like to sing… (BIS)

A delight from start to finish – Carolyn Sampson is on effervescent form [JQ]

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Franck: Piano Works (Hänssler Classic)

Fabulous playing shows off Franck’s early virtuosity while impressing in the familiar late works [RCh]

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Aux étoiles – French Symphonic Poems (Bru Zane)

A compact survey of favourites and unknowns beautifully presented and adroitly performed [JW]

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French Sacred Song (Ad Fontes)

A fascinating programme, with top class performances in excellent sound [GPu]

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Lekeu, Franck & Dupré: Violin Sonatas (Austrian Gramophone)

Commendable performances of palpable sincerity [MC]

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Juilliard String Quartet: Great Collaborations Vol. 5 (Sony Classical)

An anthology of classic, highly varied recordings spanning over a quarter of a century from major music-makers [RMo]

Martin & Franck: Piano quintets (CAvi-Music)

Superb performances of both works: a rewarding coupling [SB]

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Franck: Hulda (Bru Zane)

This splendid recording reveals Franck’s opera to be a work of power and beauty [SB]

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Otto Klemperer (conductor): The Remastered Edition (Warner Classics)

Klemperer consolidated; his full Warner legacy in best-yet transfers [JW]

Luca Brugnoli (treble) Rise Up (Convivium Records)

A somewhat flawed recital from a remarkable young singer with real potential [MSt]

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Franck: Piano Rarities (Grand Piano)

Despite some premiere recordings this is a disappointing recital [SB]

Franck: Trois pièces pour grand orgue (RecArt)

Powerful, exciting, dramatic and sometimes introspective music played on a remarkable organ [JF]

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La Valse (Hänssler Classic)

These wind orchestra arrangements could hardly be better played [MC]

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Franck: Symphony (Alpha Classics)

A new team offers a distinctive account of an old favourite [RMay]

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Franck: Piano Rarities (Grand Piano)

Interesting transcriptions but the drama here is far too restrained [RCh]

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Franck: Piano Works (Evil Penguin)

A well-considered programme, polished playing, but I miss the grander passions [RCh]