RICHARD FRANCK (1858-1938): Wellen des Meeres und der Liebe, Op. 21, Serenade for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 24, Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 25, Suite for Orchestra, Op. 30, Symphonische Fantasie, Op. 31, Liebesidyll "Amor und Psyche", Op. 40.
Catalogue Number: 03K003
Description: Written between 1894-1904, this is apparently all of Franck's orchestral music. His conservative teachers - Reinecke and Jadassohn among others - and his own natural bent, perhaps inherited from his father who was good friends with Mendelssohn, led him to write late Romantic music mostly along the Brahms axis, although there are elements of Wagnerian New German music in the Liebesidyll. Although he never wrote a symphony, the four-movement suite offers a Marsch which could be a scherzo and is in the vein of a Brahms Hungarian Dance and an contrapuntal finale which could have belonged to a symphony. The two short Serenades are models of melodic grace while the most conservative, Mendelssohnian work is, of course, the earliest - the ten-minute concert overture Wellen des Meeres. Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen; Christopher Fifield.