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Franck: Symphony in D Minor, Psyche, Les Djinns


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  • Audio CD (June 12, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B00000E436
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 22, 2013
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Around the time that Decca was recording the Franck Symphony with Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony, it was also in Berlin recording the same piece with Ashkenazy and the Berlin Radio Symphony. If I have the dates right, the Berlin recording was pretty much in the can when the Montreal recording was going on. The Montreal recording has garnered considerable critical repute, and rightly so, but Ashkenazy's recording seems to have dropped from sight. I picked my copy up for $4.00 used at my local indie store -- I had never heard of it before! Well, it's a beauty, not quite as refined in sound as the Montreal performance, but just a little bit quicker and more energetic without in any way being crude or over-the-top. Ashkenazy isn't associated with French music to my knowledge, but he has tremendous grip here. The first movement brings out more of the conflict and drama in the first movement than Dutoit does, and the second movement is just as fine. Then the third starts with tremendous energy, and builds to its double climax with great power. It's just a terrific account.

Where Dutoit pairs the Franck with D'Indy, Ashkenazy gives us an all-Franck disc: four movements of the "Psyche" suite, which isn't all that often recorded nowadays and is well-done here. Some of its thematic material and orchestral gestures are very reminiscent of the Symphony. The rarity on the disc is the one-movement piece for orchestra and piano, "Les Djinns," based on a ballad by Victor Hugo in which the demonic forces attack mankind but are repelled. It's a bit tamer than it sounds -- no "Night on the Bald Mountain" here -- but it has a lovely piano part, and Ashkenazy plays it with great lucidity and in fine synch expressively with the orchestra. To sum up -- if you see this, get it.
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By Jim Dillon on November 19, 2014
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Exactly as described and shipped quickly
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