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Donald Macleod continues his exploration of the life and work of César Franck.
3: Success. Famed for his improvisations at the organ, at the age of 37, Franck was gaining recognition as an outstanding musician. His gifts as a teacher and the depth of admiration amongst his loyal pupils remained unequalled. One of them, Alexis de Castillon , became the first president of the influential Societe
Nationale de Musique, which usefully supported the premieres of many of Fra nek's compositions.
Pièce Héroïque Marie-Claire Alain (organ) Prélude, Aria et Final Stephen Hough (piano) Le Jardin d'Eros (Psyche)
BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, conductor Tadaaki Otaka
Marche Royale (Hulda) (transcr for piano duet) Daniel Blumenthal and Jacob Bogart
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