Jean-Charles Richard: Franck Prelude, choral et fugue, etc. - Valois MB 708
Jacket VG / LP NM
This beautiful LP from Valois (MB 708, French pressing, blue label, stereo) features the splendid pianist Jean-Charles Richard in a magnificent all-Franck album, warmly recorded in Copenhagen in 1961.
The exact contents are as follows, all works by César Franck:
Prélude, choral et fugue
Prélude, aria et finale
This is exalted playing by any measure, and Richard's playing of Franck's Prélude, choral et fugue can withstand the highest comparisons, be it with Cortot, Rubinstein, Richter, or more recently Hough and Perahia.
This album was produced by Michel Bernstein and engineered by Peter Willemoës. The striking cover art / design was executed by Robert Planet. There are erudite and eloquent liner notes by Frédéric Robert, provided in French only.