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César Auguste Franck

César Auguste Franck (Composer)

Born: 10th December 1822, Liege, Belgium

Died: 8th November 1890, Paris, France

Nationality: Belgian, French

César-Auguste Jean-Guillaume Hubert Franck was a Romantic 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 of 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 musical improviser, and travelled widely within France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

Further Reading: Franck, C

 Recording of the Week, Franck and Chopin from Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang

The two acclaimed soloists come together in a dazzling duo, with the rich warmth of Franck's Cello Sonata in A major sharply offset against the angst-wracked soul-searching of Chopin's in G minor.

 Recording of the Week, Franck and Vierne from Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien

The Russian violinist and French pianist bring a refreshing clarity and delicacy to two sonatas written for the Belgian composer-violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.

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