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Franck: Complete Organ Works

Alain Boublil Audio CD
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  • Composer: César Franck
  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0002XNLV0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Franck : Fantaisie in C major Op.16 : I Poco lento 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Franck : Fantaisie in C major Op.16 : II Allegro cantando 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Franck : Fantaisie in C major Op.16 : III Quasi lento 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Franck : Fantaisie in C major Op.16 : IV Adagio 3:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : I Andantino serioso10:23Album Only
Listen  6. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : II Andante 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : III Allegro 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : IV Andante 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : V Allegro non troppo e maestoso 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Franck : Grande pièce symphonique Op.17 : VI Beaucoup plus largement que précédemment 4:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Franck : Prélude, fugue & variation Op.18 : I Prélude - Andantino 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Franck : Prélude, fugue & variation Op.18 : II Fugue 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Franck : Prélude, fugue & variation Op.18 : III Variation - Andantino 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Franck : Prière in C sharp minor Op.2012:45Album Only
Listen15. Franck : Fantaise in A major14:07Album Only
Listen16. Franck : Pastorale in E Major Op.19 9:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Franck : Final in B flat major Op.2111:05Album Only
Listen18. Franck : 3 Pièces : II Cantabile 6:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Franck : 3 Pièces : III Pièce héroïque in B minor 8:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Franck : 3 Chorales : No.1 in E major14:46Album Only
Listen21. Franck : 3 Chorales : No.2 in B minor14:12Album Only
Listen22. Franck : 3 Chorales : No.3 in A minor13:42Album Only

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but I wasn't starstruck! 30 Mar 2011
By M. Pont
Format:Audio CD
As an 'avid fan' of the organ music of Cesar Franck, I snapped-up this CD, when it came out at its budget price. However, I was disappointed..

MC-A's usually first rate-interpretations, on this occasion, fail to enthrall me. The (1976?)Cavaille-Coll organ sound is decent and full, but not outstanding - it's somewhat dry and forward. I see this particular recording promoted heavily as a "must-buy." Sorry, mine ended up as a a swap!

Want a true 'must-buy' in my opinion? An especially excellent, rich 2002 sound, with a superb 'wow' interpretation? - step forward Susan Landale/Calliope. For an excellent, modern, budget-label recording: Eric Lebrun/Naxos. For perhaps an er, "more individualistic, virtuoso reading" on a modern organ - with probably THE deepest, wide-ranging-spectrum of organ sound I have ever heard - Jean Guillou on the then (1989) new Van den Heuval organ in St Eustache Paris, (Brilliant.) Last: a treasured historical (1959!) ADD performance by the stunning French virtuoso, Jeanne Demessieux, The newly remastered stereo sound is so clean and resonant, it defies its age, yet sounds so modern! The Festivo label & 'Studio STH' in Hoevelaken Holland can take the laurels here..
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I pity I bought the Import Version 9 April 2010
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I bought this CD as an import. Thought it was a bit pricey at the time - but you are getting Marie Claire Alain and it is one of the best recordings of these works.

Then realised that it is a double CD and some of the stuff on the second disc is really mind blowing.

Just wish that I had been able to buy it at today's much lower price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saluuuuuuut! 5 Feb 2014
By Okapi
Format:Audio CD
My trrousers fell off and Cesar refused to pick them up Ciel...quel connard. I shall look for a more co-operattive orgranist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FRANCK & ALAIN: Overwrought by ambivalence? NOT. 11 Dec 2006
By John Nemaric - PhD - Published on
Format:Audio CD
There is nothing more difficult than to write about music. Music should be listened to, but sometimes words when judiciously employed can and often help to understand what to expect from the dialogue than we assume prevails between the composer, the performer and the audience...which is, us.

In my humble opinion Marie-Claire Alain is at the present time the best organist in the world out of a very small group of no more than ten. In these performances, which are a welcome reissue of a 1977 analog recording, she had a her command a magnificent Cavaillé-Coll pipe organ built around 1880. This organ's home is the Eglisse de Saint-François de Sales, Lyon, France.

We should be aware that all these twelve organ pieces if executed just like César Franck (1822 - 1890) scored them, to be precise, all would have to be played at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of the Eglisse de Sainte-Clotilde in Paris; even the "Pièce héroique." The latter was to be played the first time at the Trocadéro's organ and then...well, it was scored for the organ of Sainte-Clotilde and still is.

Franck composed these monumental epoch making works for Sainte-Clotilde's organ; one with rather different characteristics if we compare it with most other "standard" Cavaillé-Coll organs. Sainte-Clotilde's organ is very much a Germanic type organ in the tradition of the Silbermann's.

Here Alain executes "ad libitum" in an organ which technically speaking is not exactly what Franck had in mind; however, Alain's organ has beautiful tonalities in the reed stops. In her expert hands (and feet) this organ becomes a very special instrument and she has no difficulty in obtaining all those psycho-acoustic effects Franck envisioned originally.

With these CDs Alain transports us into an emotionally charged spiritual experience with deeply moving performances. Alain's artistic conception has no equal anywhere and shows a very seldom obtained facet of Franck's compositions. To wit, that he was a keen and convinced student and follower of J.S. Bach in reference to organ composition.

Again, these performances were originally recorded in analog format in May 1976 and released in 1977 by the now defunct Erato label. The recording techniques utilized back then completely surpass today's totally digital recordings even considering the enormous technical cornucopia available to sound engineers. The sound is absolutely magnificent to the last nuance, most likely due to the "correct" placement and balance of the microphones used in the recording.

From the artistic point of view Alain goes right to the human heart, to the very soul of the listener and the spiritual self that resides in us all. She succeeds in her mission to such degree that, in this sense, this " IS " (my opinion) the reference perfomance for the ages. Her performance contains everything I am sure Franck wanted to convey in terms of expression and sensitivity that he as a human being was capable to express in musical form.

We should also listen to Alain's interpretations of Bach six Schlüber chorales for organ (BWV 645 - 650); we would find great parallels with these interpretations. This music is not baroque, nor romantic, nor post-romantic or conservatively formal but it has the potential to transport us into other dimensions where a marvelous encounter with a musician of the past is achieved.

What else can we say of Alain's performance? Can or should we talk about their overwhelming sobriety and serene beauty? Perhaps we should listen to these works and then go out and find a great cathedral, like Trinity Cathedral in my home town, to hear and ponder about what our own heart tells us and, if prepared, fly on the wings of our souls to that wondrous world where angels live.

For example, listen to Alain's interpretation of Franck's Choral No. 1 in E Major, written between August and September of 1890, and if in the process you don't find those angels I am afraid you never will. Incidentally, six weeks after his last revision of this work and also of Chorale 2 and 3 he died.

I think of Alain's perfomance as a gift to us all who live in this world (ca. 2006) with so many spiritual needs. This is music-making, one that asks us to abandon ourselves without reservations to the spiritual and passionate sweep of the music itself.

FINAL WORDS: In a very symbolic way I would like to say that Alain's interpretations present us with a tonal miracle, something ethereal and mystic. Indeed, I believe with these performances a new myth or legend might have been born. Myth...legend..."Das Organ mit Schatten." May we be reminded of Richard Strauss' opera with a somewhat similar name? What does it tell us?

After listening so many times to this recording I have to say this is the one and only CD I would take with me if I need to go to some island and be there forever and I would rather be alone there so not to have any distractions.

About this CD set: BUY IT. And make it two copies. Just in case, keep one in your safe.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Franck Organ works 15 May 2010
By James Ziessler - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was looking for an inexpensive yet reputable interpretation of some of Franck's organ works. I found this CD and it worked perfectly for my needs. Excellent price, quality and service from my seller. thank you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Franck Performances 28 Jun 2013
By JohnK - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This 2-disc set includes the complete organ works of Cesar Franck. The performances by Marie-Claire Alain are distinguished, but I recommend listening to these pieces just one at a time rather than as a complete album. The three Chorals and Prelude, fugue, et variation are really fine works, while some of the other repertoire is not quite as interesting. The recordings date from the mid-1970's and the sound is decent. Recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Same selection of pieces on another label from 1995 26 Jan 2014
By C. Lynne Price - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I have the same selection of pieces from a 1995 recording on the Erato label, but the recording was made on the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-Etienne in Caen (Normandie). Yet I saw a review of this CD, stating that the organ Mlle. Alain played was in Lyon. I find it very bizarre that the same program would be released on two different organs.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HUSBAND 26 Mar 2013
By Bobbie J Spaulding - Published on
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