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Jean-Frédéric Neuburger plays Beethoven, Franck, Stockhausen and Fauré

Auditorium du Louvre

Jean-Frédéric Neuburger plays Beethoven, Franck, Stockhausen and Fauré Auditorium du Louvre

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Musée du Louvre: Henri Loyette, president director; Monique Devaux, artistic director for concerts.

This concert has been broadcasted on France Musique www.francemusique.fr

Franck – Prelude, Choral et Fugue

In the same way as Janacek, César Franck finally fashioned his personal style after the age of fifty. The triptych Prélude, Choral et Fugue was composed in 1884 when Franck was sixty-two years old and was a part, with Prélude, Aria et Final, of the 19th century masterpieces in French music. Franck used here all of his experience as an organist, as demonstrated in the piece by such aspects as the pedal points on the bass notes and the reference to the other Major triptych that is comparable in the repertoire, the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach. A symbol of the association of different traditions constantly sought after by the composer, the work combines clarity of form with sections linked through leitmotivs, a contrapuntal approach inherited from Bach and Wagnerian chromaticism while using a highly modulating language. A prelude in an improvised style is followed by a choral with long arpeggios before a grandiose final fugue.

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Details

  • Directed by:
    • Jean-Pierre Loisil
  • Venue: Louvre Auditorium (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: Oct. 21, 2009, 8 p.m.
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 1 h 42 min

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