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Franck, Chausson: Symphonies / Janowski, et al

Album Summary

>Franck, César : Symphony in D minor, M 48
>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Having recently enjoyed Ansermet's magisterial account of the Magnard Third Symphony and reacquainted myself with his Chausson in the process, I can tell you that the orchestra under its new leader Marek Janowski here offers the very antithesis of that venerable recording, replacing Ansermet's often austere mien with a warm and affectionate embrace that makes this music seem fresh and newly minted. Nowhere is that more evident than the warm string sound of the central section-passions less muted than with Ansermet, more disarmingly heart-on-sleeve. Janowski's hearty finale is worlds apart from Ansermet's dismal treatment. He clearly affirms the composer's marking, Animé, and yet there's a welcome thoughtful quality to the central development. He finds new things to bring out in this oftrecorded piece, in the final pages flowing serenely yet inevitably to a radiant close The SACD playback is vivid, with lots of presence, warm and sonorous. The absorbing, highly informative notes by Richard Cole complete a most attractive presentation." -ARG

BBC Music Magazine
In the wrong hands both the Franck Symphony and its younger brother by Chausson can sound stiffjointed. Not here. Marek Janowski draws on all his operatic experience to make the melodic lines live and sing. Everything has shape and colour, but these frequent dark undertows are never allowed to wallow in sentimentality. Best of all is the way Janowski responds to the variety of harmonic tension in both works: the more chromatic a chord, the more space he tends to give it without ever obstructing the flow... they make a tremendous impact when required, balanced by warm-toned pianissimos. I have no doubt that the power and refinement of this recording should bring it a wide audience.



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Works Details

>César Franck (1822 - 1890) : Symphony in D minor, M 48
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1886-88.
  • Running Time: 35 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1886-1888

>Chausson, Ernest : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Ensemble: Suisse Romande Orchestra
  • Running Time: 32 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1889-1890