Franck: Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Le chasseur maudit

Composer(s):
Franck
Works:
Symphony in D minor; Symphonic Variations; Le chasseur maudit
Performer:
Leonard Pennario (piano); Boston SO/Charles Munch, Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler
Label:
RCA Classical Navigator
Catalogue Number:
74321 29256 2 ADD (1957-63)
Performance:
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Sound:
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Reviewer:
BBC Music Magazine
Not so much golden as silver oldies. Munch’s view of the Franck Symphony is big-boned but coarsely recorded lacking sufficient space and drama. Le chasseur maudit brisker than Cluytens, musically characterful and sonically richer, makes a stronger impression. Pennario’s routine Symphonic Variations, not in Rubinstein’s class, offers little beyond the notes; the piano sound is unlovable. As with other releases in RCA’s Classical Navigator collection, the (unsigned) inlay notes are of a naivety and banality beggaring description. Ates Orga