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FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D minor (Paray) (1953)

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FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D minor (Paray) (1953)

Composer(s):Franck, César
Artist(s) Paray, Paul, Conductor • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 9.80530
Label Naxos Classical Archives
Quality   320kbps


The French Franck
Review By markprowen,May 2011

Selected comparisons: Stokowski/1927; Ormandy/1956 (both with the Philadelphia Orchestra and also available as ClassicsOnline downloads); Paray/1959.

This present recording is the earlier of Paray's two recordings (both were made in Detroit, originally for Mercury Records, the later in stereo).

Paray had the knack of drawing very idiomatic playing from his orchestras and so we have here the advantage of French character being combined with North American orchestral virtuosity. Although there is little to choose between either Paray version, the present recording is the more taut. Here, the tempo changes in the first movement feel more natural and the playing in general has slightly more bite. Strings are lyrical and the playing has a tremendous sense of sweep more....


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