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Franck, Gounod: Seven Last Words

Audio Samples

>Franck, César : Seven Words of Christ at the Cross, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (original for soloists & chorus
>Gounod, Charles : Les sept paroles du N.S. Jesus-Christ sur la croix, for chorus

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Seven Words of Christ at the Cross, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (original for soloists & chorus
>Gounod, Charles : Les sept paroles du N.S. Jesus-Christ sur la croix, for chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

In Paris, between 1850 and 1860, two of the greatest composers of the time, Cesar Franck and Charles Gounod, both wrote works to the text of the Seven last words of Christ on the cross. Two opposing temperaments, two violently contrasted works; yet the same vibrant faith shines out of both these two masterpieces. This disc features the world premiere recording of a new transcription for organ and chamber choir by noted Cesar Franck specialist, Joris Lejeune. Lejeune's ‘distilled' version, in its use of concertante harp and cello solos, conforms to the forces used by Franck in his motets and offertories.

"The Franck was written for a symphony orchestra, but it works well with organ...It's a recent transcription by Joris Lejeune, a Franck specialist. I hope churches everywhere will find the transcription and perform it...The Franck is particularly beautiful...Gounod does have his own sound and his own idea of what sacred music should sound like...Both of these have soloists...and are occasionally operatic, but both also have a true atmosphere of spirituality. The music is meditative rather than dramatic." - American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/07/2009-08/08/2009).



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>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Seven Words of Christ at the Cross, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (original for soloists & chorus
  • Performers: Marcelo Giannini (Organ); Sophie Graf; Luc Aeschlimann (Cello); Laure Ermacora (Harp)
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/07/2009-08/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 08/14/1859

>Gounod, Charles : Les sept paroles du N.S. Jésus-Christ sur la croix, for chorus
  • Performers: Marcelo Giannini (Organ); Valerio Contaldo; Sophie Graf; Mathias Reusser; Luc Aeschlimann (Cello); Laure Ermacora (Harp); Fabrice Hayoz
  • Conductor: Michel Corboz
  • Notes: Ferme de Villefavard en Limousin (08/07/2009-08/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1855