In 2022, the music world will celebrate the 200th birthday of César Franck - one of the most important French composers, the "father of modern French music". To mark the occasion, an organ festival dedicated to the work of C. Franck will be held in Basel churches in September (www.orgel-basel.ch/de/festivals).
Our concert in St. Peter's Church will feature his rarely performed string quartet. Like the much better known Three Chorales for Organ, the quartet was written in the last year of the composer's life and reveals all the qualities that make Franck's late work so special: profound, philosophical musical thoughts combined with a poignant dramatic structure and a melodic richness typical of Franck. As a counterpart to the string quartet, a concerto for organ and strings by J.S. Bach is heard - the composer whom Franck admired throughout his life and whose music fundamentally influenced his understanding of music.
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