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CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations

CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations

Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Antonin Dvorak – Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

In this 2004 studio recording, Theodore Kuchar conducts the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The CD set also includes Dvorak‘s Czech Suite, Carnival Overture, Golden Spinning Wheel, and Otello.
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This recording of Dvorak’s Symphonic Variations is owned by Brilliant Classics.


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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Emil Gilels “Symphonic Variations” by C. Franck

Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra
by César Franck
Emil Gilels, piano
Radio Symphony Orchestra of the USSR
Karl Eliasberg, conductor
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Symphonic Variations (Variations symphoniques), M. 46, is a work for piano and orchestra written in 1885 by César Franck. It has been described as “one of Franck’s tightest and most finished works”,[1] “a superb blending of piano and orchestra”,[2] and “a flawless work and as near perfection as a human composer can hope to get in a work of this nature”.[3] It is a fine example of Franck’s use of cyclic unity, with one theme growing into various others.[4] The piano and orchestra share equally in the continuous evolution of ideas.[3] The work is in F-sharp minor (with the last movement in F-sharp major). Duration in performance is about fifteen minutes, and the instrumentation is piano solo and orchestra: pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, and bassoons; four horns; two trumpets; timpani; and strings.[5]

The work was dedicated to Louis Diémer, who on 15 March 1885 had premiered Les Djinns – a symphonic poem for piano and orchestra that brought Franck one of his rare critical successes. He promised to reward Diémer with “a little something”, and the similarly scored Symphonic Variations was the result.[6] Franck started work in the summer of 1885, and completed the piece on 12 December.

In 1946 the choreographer Frederick Ashton used Franck’s work for a ballet, also called Symphonic Variations.

Ralph Vaughan Williams‘s Fantasia (quasi variazione) on the Old 104th Psalm Tune for piano, chorus, and orchestra (1949) has some similarities to the Symphonic variations, but it lacks Franck’s adherence to classical variation form.[10]


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Antonín Dvořák

Composer Antonín Dvořák
Background information
Birth name Antonín Leopold Dvořák
Born September 8, 1841
Origin Czech
Died May 1, 1904 (aged 62)
Genres classicalromantic
Occupations Composer
Instruments organist, violinist
Years active 1859–1904

Antonín Leopold Dvořák (/ˈdvɔrʒɑːk/ dvor-zhahk or /dɨˈvɔrʒæk/ di-vor-zhakCzech: [ˈantoɲiːn ˈlɛopolt ˈdvor̝aːk] ( listen); September 8, 1841 – May 1, 1904) was a Czech composer of late Romantic music, who employed the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his nativeBohemia. Dvořák’s own style is sometimes called “romantic-classicist synthesis”.[1] His works include symphonicchoral and chamber musicconcerti, operas and many of other orchestral and vocal-instrumental pieces.

His best-known works include his New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, the Symphonic Variations“American” String Quartet, Piano Quintet No 2, the opera RusalkaCello Concerto in B minor and choral works Stabat MaterRequiem and Te Deum. Today, he is considered to be one of the most important composers of the Romantic era. (Read More here)