Cesar Franck - Organ Works (2018)

Franck

Bjorn Boysen

At the time César Franck was born in Liège, Belgium, on 10 December 1822, Beethoven had not yet composed his 9th symphony, or his last string quartets. When Franck died at the age of 67 in 1890, Claude Debussy had already made his mark with works including the Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire; it is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that a composer whose life spanned such extremities, had trouble finding his own voice.

Franck was Belgian by birth, but on two occasions during his life he applied for, and was granted, French citizenship.The first occasion was in 1835 because the Paris conservatoire would only accept French students, and the second was in 1872 when he was appointed professor of organ at the same institution (the position was onlya vailable to French citizens). Driven by his highly ambitious father, Franck’s earliest years were spent pursuing a career as a virtuoso pianist, partly in Belgium and partly in France. His career never really took off, however, and he resigned to earning a living as a music teacher, while at the same time attempting to establish himself as a composer.

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Bjorn Boysen

Bjørn Boysen was born in Oslo in 1943. At the age of fourteen he began taking organ lessons from cathedral organist Arild Sandvold in Oslo, a teacher-student relationship that lasted until Boysen’s début recital in 1966. Boysen subsequently continued his studies in Copenhagen with Finn Viderø. Throughout his career Bjørn Boysen has taught organ, first at the Music Conservatory in Oslo from 1966, and then at the Norwegian Academy of Music from its opening in 1973 until he retired in 2014. From 1995 onwards he held the post of professor of organ at the Academy, and was Principal for eight years from 1991 to 1998. Many of today’s organists have had Bjørn Boysen as their teacher. Bjørn Boysen is considered to be one of Norway’s leading recital organists. His performing career has taken him all over Norway and to many European countries. He has made numerous recordings and frequently performs on radio and television. Bjørn Boysen was organist at Oslo Concert Hall 1978–2016 with responsibility for one of Norway’s largest organs. In addition to his career as a teacher and performer, Bjørn Boysen is a noted organ expert and is regularly consulted on organ matters. 

photo: from booklet

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Cesar Franck - Organ Works (2018)

Franck

Bjorn Boysen

Producer: Bjørn Boysen
Recording Engineer: Arne Akselberg
Recording location: Oslo, 26–29 Jan 2017

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