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César Franck: The Organ Works

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César Franck: The Organ Works
César Franck: The Organ Works


Ben van Oosten's impressive discography of French organ music has somehow neglected one very important person: César Franck. Now the Dutch organ wizard fills this glaring gap with a marvellous show of virtuosity on four CDs bringing together the whole of Franck's organ oeuvre, from his early efforts to the three great masterpiece cycles. Once again van Oosten performs on the legendary L'Orgue à Michel-Ange in St. Ouen's Cathedral in Rouen. Today this organ, one of Aristide Cavaillé-Coll's most magnificent instruments, is preserved in its original state. Cavaillé-Coll and César Franck were close friends. Franck tested many brand-new organs in Cavaillé-Coll's workshop and wrote the Trois Pièces for the inaugural concert of the Trocadéro Organ on the occasion of the World's Fair in 1878. Ben van Oosten conveys all of the above in remarkable fashion. The challenges in the field of playing technique are of course no problem for this Chévalier des Arts et des Lettres, and the manner in which he draws on the phenomenal resources of the St. Ouen organ make this encyclopedic survey of Franck's organ oeuvre an audio feast with addictive potential.


  1. Name
  2. Pièce En Mi Bémol Majeur (1846)
  3. Pièce Pour Grand Orgue (1854)
  4. Andantino Sol Mineur (1856)
  5. Pièces Posthumes (Selection) Offertoire Fa Mineur
  6. Lento Ré Mineur
  7. Allegretto Non Troppo Mi Bémol Majeur
  8. Offertoire Mi Bémol Majeur
  9. Andantino La Bémol Majeur
  10. Allegro Moderato Ré Bémol Majeur
  11. Offertoire Fa Dièse Mineur
  12. Andantino Mi Bémol Majeur
  13. Allegretto Ré Majeur
  14. Offertoire Sol Mineur
  15. Prélude Pour LAve Maris Stella
  16. Andantino Ré Majeur
  17. Pièces Posthumes (cont.): Offertoire Si Majeur
  18. Allegretto Non Troppo Ré Majeur
  19. Elévation La Majeur
  20. Andantino Ut Majeur
  21. Grand Choeur Ut Majeur
  22. Offertoire Pour La Messe De Minuit
  23. Sortie (Grand Choeur) Ré Majeur
  24. Trois Antiennes - Quasi Lento
  25. Allegretto
  26. Lent Et Très Soutenu
  27. Six Pièces (1856-1864): Fantaisie Op. 16
  28. Grande Pièce Symphonique Op. 17
  29. Six Pièces (cont.): Prélude, Fugue Et Variation Op. 18
  30. Pastorale Op. 19
  31. Prière Op. 20
  32. Final Op. 21
  33. Offertoire Sur Un Noël Breton (1867)
  34. Fantaisie Ut Majeur (1868 Version)
  35. Trois Pièces (1878): Fantaisie
  36. Cantabile
  37. Pièce Héroïque
  38. Trois Chorals (1890): Choral No. 1
  39. Choral No. 2
  40. Choral No. 3
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