Born: 1822, Liège, Belgium
Died: 1890, Paris, France
“It little matters whether music sets out to awaken ideas about a given external subject, or limits its purpose to expressing a state of mind…; what is indispensable is that a work should be musical, and emotional as well.”
After he became organist at the church of St. Clotilde in 1858, Franck slowly acquired fame for his improvisations. A blossoming of creative energy in the late 1870s produced several symphonic poems, distinctive chamber music, important piano and organ pieces, and the Symphony in D minor, all displaying his characteristic tonal architecture, cyclical thematic transformations, and intensely chromatic harmony.
String Quartet (1889)
Juilliard String Quartet (Sony Classical)
Trois Chorals (organ, 1890)
Michael Murray (Telarc)