Listening log, Research & Reflection

Why is Cesar Franck so unpopular?

Just listened again to his Symphony in D minor in  a good performance, on the slow and precise side

César Franck: Symphony in D minor

University of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Marc Soustrot

Sometimes reminds me of Bruckner, but less portentious.  The chromatic harmony often in contrary motion resolves in a much more classical way than the everlasting sevenths and ninths of Wagner.  He also likes canon or at least imitation at close distances, as in the violin/piano sonata last movement.  Looked up also the score and a recording of his string quartet but, though it was popular at the time, the part-writing seems pretty primitive.


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