CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890): Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Op. 11, Variations brillantes sur la Ronde favorite de Gustave III (Auber) for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 8 (Jean-Claude Vanden-Eynden [piano], Nouvel Orchestre Symphonique de la RTBF; Edgar Doneux. 1984 Koch Schwann release), Piano Quintet in F Minor (Ensemble César Franck. 1993 Koch Schwann release), Violin Sonata in A (Andrew Hardy [violin], Uriel Tsachor [piano]. 2006 Musique en Wallonie release), Piano Trios in F Sharp, Op. 1/1 and in B Minor, Op. 2/4 (members of Quatuor Academica. 1984 Musique en Wallonie release), Duos for Piano Four-Hands No. 1 on God Save the King, Op. 4 and No. 2 on Lucile de Grétry, Op. 17, from Hulda: Entracte pastoral for Piano Four Hands, Chanson de l'hermine for 2 Pianos, Marche Royale for 2 Pianos, Ballet du Printemps (Daniel Blumenthal, Jacob Bogart [pianos]. 1993 Koch Schwann release), Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18, Prélude, Aria et Final, Les plaintes d'une poupée, Prélude pour l'Ave Maris Stella, Noël Angevin, Chant de la Creuse, Chant Béarnais, 2 Morceaux, Danse lente (Dominique Cornil [piano]. 1986 René Gailly release).
Catalogue Number: 03N046
Label: Musique en Wallonie
Reference: MEW 1161
Description: Nostalgia strikes when remembering the good old Koch Schwann issues of three of these discs back in the 80s and 90s. Although around half of this music is available elsewhere (although nothing except the sonata has really multiple recordings), this is still the only place you can get Franck's concerto and Variations, the works of a 13-year-old and 12-year-old respectively and creatively using Hummel, Beethoven and Kalkbrenner as models. The four-hands pieces include later works, the most unusual being 39 minutes of music from the 1883 opera Hulda while some other works appear on disc five which were originally written for harmonium in the late 1880s. A 62-page booklet with 10 plates (7 in color) helps celebrate the 40th anniversary of Musique en Wallonie. 5 CDs. Budget-price.