Franck: Symphony; Variations symphoniques; Bartok: Rhapsody

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Both Pascal Rogé and Lorin Maazel were one of the mainstays of the Decca roster for several years, the former famed for the clarity of his vision in much French music, the latter recording vasts tracts of repertoire with both the Vienna Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, in often white-hot performances. The Franck Symphony blazes away with both conviction and sonic distinction. Its original LP coupling, the 'Variations symphoniques', receives its first international release on CD. And Bartok's 'Opus 1', his Rhapsody for piano and orchestra which, although a juvenile work, was performed by Bartok all the way through his piano-playing career. It was recorded by Rogé as a companion to his thrilling recordings of the Bartok concertos with Weller and the LPO.