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 Post subject: César Franck, Prélude, Fugue, Variation op. 18
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:09 am 
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This is a new recording of "Prélude, Fugue, Variation Op. 18" by César Franck in its original version for harmonium and piano. Most people are are familiar with the version for organ. The recording is a collaboration with Axel Wilberg (Harmonium).

We have recently played three concerts with late romantic music for harmonium and piano, a combination that was not too uncommon in the mid to late 19th century and we had a lot of fun performing it.

The recording is not absolutely perfect but I hope you will enjoy listening to it as much as we ejoyed playing it. I posted another recording of this piece the other week to the Works in Progress forum. This one is a tad faster and doesn't drag on as much as the other one. It's also more dynamic and the piano (a 1927 Bechstein salon grand) is in tune.

Maybe this is something for the Chamber Music page. In any case, I'm looking forward to your comments.

Daniel

Franck - Prelude, Fugue, Variation Op. 18


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 Post subject: Re: César Franck, Prélude, Fugue, Variation op. 18
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:22 pm 
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Ok, sounds pretty good to me! I'm putting this up as I type this.

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 Post subject: Re: César Franck, Prélude, Fugue, Variation op. 18
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:05 pm 
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The piano sounds much better indeed. Not sure about the harmonium though, sounds too much like a cheap accordion.
The piece still goes on forever... definitely not Franck's most inspired.

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 Post subject: Re: César Franck, Prélude, Fugue, Variation op. 18
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Many thanks for uploading.

I quite like the piece -- sort of makes me think of an empty Parisian boulevard in the autumn rain, but maybe it's just me being melancholic and sentimental ;-)

(Admittedly, Franck did write better stuff...).


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 Post subject: Re: César Franck, Prélude, Fugue, Variation op. 18
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:20 pm 
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Daniel Hoehr wrote:
sort of makes me think of an empty Parisian boulevard in the autumn rain, but maybe it's just me being melancholic and sentimental ;-)
Yes, that harmonium register does evoke the image of chansons and clochards. It keeps on raining a bit long though :)

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