Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

This page lists all recordings of Symphony in D minor, by César Auguste Franck (1822-90) on CD, SACD, DVD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Franck: Symphony in D

Franck: Symphony in D

Stereo · Recorded Live In 1992


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Les Eolides - Symphonic Poem


Kurt Masur, in the words of the New York Times, believed “that music-making was a moral act that could heal the world.” He spent 11 years as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, which he described it as “an orchestra without limits”. Aptly, both idealism and daring inform the splendid Symphony in D minor by César Franck, who fused the French and German traditions at a time of heated Parisian controversy over the cultural identity of music.

Warner Classics Original Jacket Reissues - 2564640090

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$8.25

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Franck: Symphonic organ works

Franck: Symphonic organ works


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

transcribed by Simon Johnson

Cantabile, M36

Pièce héroïque, M37

Rédemption ­ Symphonic Interlude

transcribed by Daniel Roth


Simon Johnson (organ of St Paul’s Cathedral)

The Grand Organ (and massive acoustic) of St Paul’s Cathedral brings the symphonic organ works of César Franck to life, played by Simon Johnson, the current Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral. He plays his own transcription of Franck’s Symphony in D minor, a troublesome work which was despised by critics at its premiere. The paradox of the Symphony was memorably defined by Norman Demuth: ‘Never was there such magnificent music so badly written.’ The present transcription may be seen as an authentic response to that paradox, particularly since modern advances in console control enable Franck’s orchestration to be used as the outline for a detailed registration plan.

The ‘Symphonic Interlude’ that separates the two parts of the oratorio Rédemption has not acquired the popularity that it deserves. Franck described the subtext of the work as ‘the joy of the world, transformed and gladdened by the word of Christ’. It is built on two main thematic ideas, the first a gloriously noble tune that Emmanuel Chabrier described as ‘the very soul of music’, and the second an energetic peal from the trombones, with responses and modulations from the brass and woodwind. The two are developed and combined ingeniously.

“Transcribing Franck's D minor Symphony for organ works extremely well. Simon Johnson's instrument at St Paul's Cathedral is deftly paced, and the shorter pieces are also enjoyable.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2013 ****

“this is a truly virtuoso display of organist, organ and, it has to be said, recording engineer...While I remain unconvinced by the Symphony's transcription...I am totally convinced throughout this splendid disc by Johnson's playing, which is superbly poised and magnificently self-assured.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“The Pièce héroïque is in many ways an organ sonata by any other name, though with an advanced harmonic language and other twists on the traditional sonata form. Equally fascinating is the transcription of the Symphony for organ - an adaptation that sounds entirely natural, given Franck's lifelong affinity with the organ. Simon Johnson (the transcriber) is a commanding performer and the organ of St Paul's Cathedral really shines.” David Smith, Presto Classical, March 2015

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Hyperion - CDA68046

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Pascal Rogé plays Franck & Bartók

Pascal Rogé plays Franck & Bartók


Bartók:

Rhapsody for piano & orchestra, Op. 1, BB36b, Sz. 27

Pascal Rogé (piano)

London Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Pascal Rogé (piano)

The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel


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.

“The delicacy of [Rogé’s] playing in the slow section, is most beautiful in its cool clarity” Gramophone Magazine (Franck: Variations symphoniques)

“incisiveness and clarity” Gramophone Magazine (Franck: Symphony)

“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” Gramophone Magazine (Bartók: Rhapsody)

“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” Penguin Guide (Franck)

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4804864

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Franck, C: Symphony in D minor, etc.

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Les Eolides - Symphonic Poem

Le Chasseur maudit


L'Orchestre da la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4800052

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Franck & Chausson: Symphonies

Franck & Chausson: Symphonies


Chausson:

Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20

Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor


“Janowski draws on all his operatic experience to make the melodic lines live and sing. Everything has shape and colour, but these frequent dark undertows are never allowed to wallow in sentimentality. Best of all is the way Janowski responds to the variety of harmonic tension in both works: the more chromatic a chord, the more space he tends to give it without ever obstructing the flow.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2007

“Janowski and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande show the work off in all its Romantic sumptuousness.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 13th March 2015

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Orchestral Choice - January 2007

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Hybrid Multi-channel

Pentatone - PTC5186078

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Franck: Symphonie

Franck: Symphonie


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Pièce héroïque, M37

San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux

Indy:

Istar - Symphonic Variations, Op. 42

San Francisco Symphony, Pierre Monteux


Presto CD

RCA - 09026619672

(Presto CD)

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Franck: Symphony in D Minor & Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 'Organ'

Franck: Symphony in D Minor & Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 'Organ'


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Saint-Saëns:

Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

George Cook (organ), Joseph Kahn (piano)


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RCA Toscanini Collection - G010003678505A

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Franck, C: Symphony in D minor

Franck, C: Symphony in D minor


Sony - G0100036155566

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Symphonic Masterworks of Grieg and Franck

Symphonic Masterworks of Grieg and Franck


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

arr. Calvin Hampton

Grieg:

Holberg Suite, Op. 40

arr. Richard Ellsasser


Thomas Murray (organ)

It’s not often that one hears recorded organ transcriptions of major works originally composed for symphony orchestra. But that’s what we get here, in a transcendental program of orchestral favorites played to breathtaking perfection by Thomas Murray, an internationally renowned organist and Yale professor.

Murray is the latest in a long line of top-ranked players who have made outstanding solo recordings in keeping with Delos’s long-standing tradition of legendary organ albums. He is held in particularly high regard among his fellow virtuosos for his mastery of the grand “symphonic style” of organ playing.

Fans of great orchestral classics will immediately recognize both of the works featured here: Edvard Grieg’s ever-popular Holberg Suite and César Franck’s monumental Symphony in D minor – in stunning transcriptions for organ: the instrument best suited to recreate an orchestra’s power, nuance, and variety of sonorities. Murray plays the magnificent Schoenstein Gloria Dei Organ, St Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas.

“Murray approached these scores in the manner one would expect of him: this is orchestral imitation rather than the creation of idiomatic new organ music.” Choir & Organ, February 2017 ****

Delos - DE3525

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Franck: Symphony in D minor & Liszt: Symphonic poem 'Les preludes'

Franck: Symphony in D minor & Liszt: Symphonic poem 'Les preludes'


Franck, C:

Symphony in D minor

Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97


Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi

Exton - OVCL00320

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