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César Auguste Franck

César Auguste Franck (1822-90)

Composer

Born in Liège, César Franck was a church musician for much of his life, acquiring a formidable reputation as an improviser at the organ. Unsurprisingly, a considerable proportion of his output is for this instrument, and some of his orchestral works - particularly his single Symphony, in D minor - show the influence of the organ in their instrumentation. Like Sergei Rachmaninov, he was blessed with unusually large hands, giving him a wide stretch at the keyboard and leading him to write piano parts that regularly feature intervals of a twelfth!

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 Recording of the Week, Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov perform César Franck's Violin Sonata

James is enthralled by a new recording of music for violin and piano by César Franck and Ernest Chausson.

 Recording of the Week, James Ehnes performs works for violin and viola by Franck, Strauss, and Berlioz

James listens to two new discs featuring James Ehnes on the violin and viola.

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