"The most brilliant of Belgian composer CÈsar Franck's compositions were written during the final decade of his life; the Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, the famous Violin Sonata, the D major String Quartet, and, perhaps most important, the Symphony in D minor are all the products of a single, remarkable five-year period. The Symphony, by no means an immediate success with critics or audiences, has nevertheless become so fused with the popular image of CÈsar Franck that it is nearly impossible to think of him without also thinking of this 40-minute orchestral juggernaut. And yet the work is by no means an empty audience-pleaser: as with all of his final compositions, the Symphony shows a superb synthesis of Franck's own uniquely rich harmonic language and cyclic themes with the traditions of Viennese Classicism that he had come to revere later in life (principally through the music of Beethoven)." - AMG.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is VG++.
The LP plays NM.
Big, full, sprawling sound. A huge Soundstage with plenty of depth and rock-solid imaging. The dynamics are superb and the instruments very highly defined - each with it's own "air" and "space". A very impressive recording.
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