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César Franck
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César Franck

  • December 10, 1822 Liège, Belgium - November 8, 1890 Paris, France

Biography

“Father Franck”, as he was nicknamed by his friends, was born in Belgium. Germanic mists influenced his music but his career took place in France, first as a pianist then an organist. Franck began his career as a virtuoso eleven year old, having already finished the Liege Conservatoire and embarked on piano concert tours. He arrived in Paris in 1833 and studied at the conservatory with Reicha. Organ and composition quickly prevailed over the piano much to his father’s disappointment who would have preferred him to continue his career as virtuoso pianist.

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Alexandre Kantorow and Daniel Lozakovich perform Franck and Schumann
Alexandre Kantorow and Daniel Lozakovich perform Franck and Schumann

Recital at Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Concours de Genève 2022: Piano Semi-Final (Solo Recital)
Concours de Genève 2022: Piano Semi-Final (Solo Recital)

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Les Coups de Cœur à Chantilly I/II
Les Coups de Cœur à Chantilly I/II

Martha Argerich, Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov,...

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Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Susanne Barner perform Franck and Prokofiev
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Gergely Madaras conducts Dvořák and Franck — With Victor Julien-Laferrière
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Martha Argerich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Mischa Maisky perform Beethoven and Mendelssohn
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NEW: Martha Argerich and Guy Braunstein perform Schumann, Prokofiev, and Franck
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Kristóf Baráti and Lucas Debargue perform Debussy, Brahms, and Franck
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François-Xavier Roth conducts Franck and Mahler — With Les Siècles
François-Xavier Roth conducts Franck and Mahler — With Les Siècles

Mahler's reconstructed "Titan" performed on per...

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Renaud Capuçon, the Modigliani Quartet and David Kadouch play Franck, Ravel, and Chausson
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Sol Gabetta plays Franck and Debussy
Sol Gabetta plays Franck and Debussy

Sol Gabetta at Solsberg Festival (I/III)

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Charles Munch conducts Wagner, Franck and Fauré
Charles Munch conducts Wagner, Franck and Fauré

Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1959-1961

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Neeme Järvi conducts Dvořák, Shchedrin and Shostakovich – With Martha Argerich and Mischa Maisky
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Nicholas Angelich and the Ébène Quartet perform Franck and Beethoven
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Eric Le Sage, Ébène Quartet, Daishin Kashimoto, Lise Berthaud, François Salque: French Chamber Music (II/II)
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Philippe Jaroussky and Jérôme Ducros perform French Melodies
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Christian Ferras plays Franck and Stravinsky
Christian Ferras plays Franck and Stravinsky

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Ashkenazy Observed: Episodes from the Life of a Wandering Musician
Ashkenazy Observed: Episodes from the Life of a Wandering Musician

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"Je Sais Pas Vous"
"Je Sais Pas Vous"

26 three-minute sketches about the classics

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Susan Graham and Malcolm Martineau perform French melodies