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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA66918
Recording details: July 1996
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1997
Total duration: 2 minutes 28 seconds

Danse lente, M22
composer
1885

Danse lente M22  [2'28]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Danse lente was written in 1885 for a volume of dances published by the journal Le Gaulois, and it is the only other mature solo piano piece written by Franck apart from the two triptych works. The piece has a haunting, mysterious grace even if, to paraphrase (reluctantly) Saint-Saëns’ bitter comment, it is neither a Danse nor particularly Lente. In fact Franck’s marking ‘Quasi Lento’ tends to emphasize this. One point of interest is the direct quote from bar 21 of the Prelude, Aria and Finale in bar 5 of the Danse lente.

from notes by Stephen Hough © 1997

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