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Danse lente, M22
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66918 track 8
Recording date
1 July 1996
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Franck: Piano Music (CDA66918)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: February 1997
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