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Cantabile, M36
1878; No 2 of Trois pièces pour grand orgue, M35-37; composed for the opening of the Paris Trocadéro and first performed in its Salle des Fêtes by the composer on 1 October 1878

'Franck: Symphonic organ works' (CDA68046)
Franck: Symphonic organ works
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Track 4 on CDA68046 [6'12]

Cantabile, M36
Franck gave the first performance of the Trois pièces on 1 October 1878, in the Salle des Fêtes (Festival Hall) of the new Palais du Trocadéro, which had been built for the Universal Exhibition held in Paris that year. Written specifically for the occasion, which was probably the most important recital of Franck’s career, they are concert pieces with no specific religious intent. Two of Franck’s most devoted disciples couldn’t help ascribing a spiritual element to the exquisite Cantabile, however, Vincent d’Indy noting that it is ‘the typical prayer of an artist who is also a true Christian’, and the ever-devout Tournemire eulogizing: ‘The soul’s unsatisfied desire—a saint’s inner supplication—incessant pleas—faith in divine mercy.’ Whatever the context, the Cantabile was something of a hit for Franck.

from notes by Stephen Johnson © 2013

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA68046 track 4
Recording date
12 April 2012
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Richard Pinel
Recording engineer
Martin Haskell & Iestyn Rees
Hyperion usage
  1. Franck: Symphonic organ works (CDA68046)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: October 2013
  2. Hyperion monthly sampler – October 2013 (HYP201310)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2013
    Download-only monthly sampler
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