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.