Franck Bartok

Roge Pascal

Franck Bartok
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Franck Bartok

Roge Pascal

Catalogue # 4804864

Both Pascal Rogé and Lorin Maazel were one of the mainstays of the Decca roster for several years, the former famed for the clarity of his vision in much French music, the latter recording vast tracts of repertoire with both, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, in often white-hot performances. The Franck Symphony blazes away, with both conviction and sonic distinction. Its original LP coupling, the Variations symphoniques, receives its first international release on CD. And Bartók’s ‘Opus 1’, his Rhapsody for piano and orchestra, which, although a juvenile work, was performed by Bartók all the way through his piano-playing career. It was recorded by Rogé as a companion to his thrilling recordings of the Bartók concertos with Weller and the LPO.

Bartók:
Rhapsody for piano & orchestra, Op. 1, BB36b, Sz. 27
Pascal Rogé (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra, Walter Weller

Franck, C:
Symphony in D minor
The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Symphonic Variations for piano & orchestra, M46

Pascal Rogé (piano)
The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel

Review

The main theme from the Symphony in D minor by Cesar Franck always sends shivers up my spine. It’s so sad and yet so uplifting at the same time. A work that sometimes fall betweens the cracks this is well worth getting to know. In this album you’ve got the Symphony followed by the Variations symphoniques for piano and orchestra with the fantastic Pascal Roge on piano. Roge has a finesse in his performances that is unique. Finally there is the Bartok Rhapsody for piano and orchestra which finishes pensively with the French horn and piano saying farewell.

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