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Both Pascal Rogé and Lorin Maazel were one of the mainstays of the Decca roster for several years, the former famed for the clarity of his vision in much French music, the latter recording vast tracts of repertoire with both, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, in often white-hot performances. The Franck Symphony blazes away, with both conviction and sonic distinction. Its original LP coupling, the Variations symphoniques, receives its first international release on CD. And Bartók’s ‘Opus 1’, his Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, which, although a juvenile work, was performed by Bartók all the way through his piano-playing career. It was recorded by Rogé as a companion to his thrilling recordings of the Bartók concertos with Weller and the LPO.
César Franck: 1. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro
1. Lento - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro
César Franck: 2. Allegretto
César Franck: 3. Allegro non troppo
3. Allegro non troppo
César Franck: Variations symphoniques
Béla Bartók: Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, (Op.1) Sz. 27
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, (Op.1) Sz. 27
“incisiveness and clarity”
(Franck: Variations symphoniques)
“The delicacy of [Rogé’s] playing in the slow section, is most beautiful in its cool clarity”
“With the help of vivid and brilliant Decca recording (Kingsway Hall the venue) Rogé and Weller present a colourful and strong reading, bringing out the Lisztian echoes”
“The orchestral playing [in the Symphony] is crisp and polished and the performances are exciting … In the Variations Pascal Rogé shows himself to be particularly sensitive to dynamic shadings and reveals a fine blend of intelligence and technique. … Brilliant recording”
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