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Vladimir Ashkenazy, RSO Berlin - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Psyché; Les Djinns (1990)

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Vladimir Ashkenazy, RSO Berlin - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Psyché; Les Djinns (1990)

Vladimir Ashkenazy, RSO Berlin - César Franck: Symphony in D minor; Psyché; Les Djinns (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 309 Mb | Total time: 72:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 425 432-2 | Recorded: 1989

It is very interesting, but also quite a shock, to play the contents of this disc in the wrong order. What a born Franckian Ashkenazy is, one thinks, listening to his account of Les Djinns and admiring both the boldness of outline and colour in the orchestral sections and the long-breathed nobility of phrasing that he brings to the piano theme that calms the music's turbulence. And the impression is redoubled by his voluptuous reading of Psyche (of its four orchestral movements, that is; the choral ones are as usual omitted, though Decca puzzlingly print Franck's synopsis of them in the accompanying booklet). What a fine control of sustained, arching line and of slowly built crescendo and, in the fourth movement, what a shrewd understanding of how much sensuality underlays Franck's image of pater seraphicus!

Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein - Brahms, Schubert, Franck: Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Vol. 2 (2012)

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Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein - Brahms, Schubert, Franck: Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Vol. 2 (2012)

Tabea Zimmermann, Kirill Gerstein - Brahms, Schubert, Franck: Sonatas for Viola & Piano, Vol. 2 (2012)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:45 | 309 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Myrios Classics | Catalog: MYRSACD 8

Tabea Zimmermann and Kirill Gerstein return to the studio to record the follow-up to their highly praised first duo album. The new disc includes spellbinding performances of three late works by significant 19th century composers: Brahms mature Sonata in F minor, Schubert s melancholic Arpeggione Sonata, and Franck s splendid Sonata in A major, all masterly performed on viola.

Ekaterina Litvintseva, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie feat. Jonathan Bloxham - Franck & R. Strauss: Orchestral Works (2021)

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Ekaterina Litvintseva, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie feat. Jonathan Bloxham - Franck & R. Strauss: Orchestral Works (2021)

Ekaterina Litvintseva, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie feat. Jonathan Bloxham - Franck & R. Strauss: Orchestral Works (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 299 MB | Tracks: 4 | 74:26
Style: Classical | Label: Profil

"I can count myself as a very fortunate person indeed; all my album recordings with orchestra have been preceded by a major concert tour. This project was no exception. Before we recorded the album, Jonathan Bloxham and I played six concerts with the North West German Philharmonic. We grew ever closer, sharing our opinions of the music, and the depth of the interpretation and the extent of our freedom steadily increased. At the recording we played together as a perfectly coordinated team and yet were able to give free rein to inspiration.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)

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Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)

Arthur Grumiaux - Fauré, Franck: Violin Sonatas (1990)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:12:44 | 356 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips | Catalog: 426384

Faure-lovers have long prayed for reissue of the two sonatas from Grumiaux and Paul Crossley. And they won't be disappointed. The sound itself is pleasing. And there is a radiance in the playing suggesting an unerring understanding of structure and style that somehow goes hand in hand with the joyous spontaneity of new discovery. The hyper-sensitive suppleness of Grumiaux's shading and phrasing is a particular delight, as is his awareness that just as much of the musical message comes from the piano particularly in the Second Sonata.

Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)

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Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)

Christiane Edinger, Hans-Peter Frank - Eduard Franck: Violin Concerto, Sinfonie Op. 47 (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 71:54 | 382 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Fermate | Catalog: 20025

Eduard was the brother of Hermann (1802-1855) who, as a writer on music, had contact with Wagner, Goethe and Heine. The other brother, Albert, had a bookshop in Paris and kept company with Chopin, Charles Hallé and Stephen Heller. The E minor Violin Concerto was composed in Cologne to which Franck had moved at the request of Ferdinand Hiller. It was premiered by another Hiller invitee, Theodor Pixis. It is a work of streaming intensity deliciously prone to lyrical flights akin to the Mendelssohn concerto (in the same key) but without the ineffable surge of smiling quicksilver. The last movement recalls a village fiddler and rustic dance floors across the continent.

Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)

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Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)

Edinger Quartett, Leo Klepper, Mathias Donder - E. Franck: String Sextets op. 41 & op. 50 (2004)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 74:05 | 349 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Audite | Catalog: 97501

In Audite's survey of the music of Eduard Franck, this has long been one of my favourite discs. The string sextet can be a tricky genre to master, which perhaps partly accounts for its rarity compared to the string quartet and even the piano quartet during the Romantic era: there are six musical parts that have to retain a degree of independence, as opposed to four in the quartet form, of course; and there is also the problem of balance, with the two violins effectively set against four instruments in lower registers.

Myung Whun Chung, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)

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Myung Whun Chung, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)

Myung Whun Chung, Coro e Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli - A Hymn for the World (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 251 Mb | Total time: 58:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 457 355-2 | Recorded: 1997

The music in this collection, inspired by religious thought and liturgical text, has been selected in honor of Pope John Paul II's visit to Paris in August of 1997 to celebrate Mass as part of the Worldwide Days of Youth. Much of the music here is very familiar to even casual listeners to classical music. From J. S. Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," to a rousing version of "Hallelujah" from Handel's 'Messiah,' this CD plays like a greatest hits of church music from the last 400 years.
There are also some less familiar offerings from composers more well-known for their secular music. Vivaldi is represented with two attractive movements from his 'Gloria in D Major,' and from Rossini (better-known for his operas) comes the lovely "Amen" from his 'Stabat Mater.' Representing the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, the Franck, Fauré, and Messiaen selections are transcendental in their beauty. The stunningly rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is spotlighted in three selections, and tenor Andrea Bocelli is featured in Bizet's "Agnus Dei."