Arts & Culture

Album Review: Simon Johnson – ‘Franck – Symphonic Organ Works’

(Hyperion)
BY Mary Keene TIMEOctober 17, 2013 PRINT

At first glance this album seems as if it could throw up some interesting listening, particularly as it opens with the Symphony in D Minor, a piece that when first performed threw the Parisian Conservatoire into complete bewilderment with its innovation. A shame then, that it seems to have been aimed mostly at the music library market. Technically excellent, but distinctly lacking in any joie de vivre or unique performance interpretation, I waited and waited for the light to shine through. I waited in vain. For a Franck fan maybe this will be a tolerable addition to their collection, for anyone new to Franck, there’s better choices out there. 

2/5 stars

Mary Keene
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