Franck: Symphony in D minor; Violin Sonata in A; Symphonic Variations; Prélude, Choral and Fugue; Panis angelicus; Les Éolides

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COMPOSERS: Franck
LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Symphony in D minor; Violin Sonata in A; Symphonic Variations; Prélude, Choral and Fugue; Panis angelicus; Les Éolides
PERFORMER: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), José Carreras (tenor)Vienna SO, Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra/Paul Capolongo, Willem van Otterloo
CATALOGUE NO: 442 296-2 ADD (1960-84)
An ideally representative introduction to the music of César Franck, featuring several classic performances from the Sixties, now reissued in digitised sound. Arthur Grumiaux’s golden-toned account of the Violin Sonata emerges with model finesse and clarity. The D Minor Symphony and Les Éolides, from Van Otterloo and the Concertgebouw, again sound remarkably convincing, as does the 1970 Monaco recording of the Symphonic Variations. Other artists featured include José Carreras, Eduardo Del Pueyo and Pierre Cochereau. Reliable, if slightly dated performances, but variable sound quality. Michael Jameson

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