César-Auguste Jean-Guillaume Hubert Franck 10 December 1822 – 8 November 1890) was a Romantic composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris during his adult life.

He was born at Liège, in what is now Belgium (though at the time of his birth it was part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands). He gave his first concerts there in 1834 and studied privately in Paris from 1835, where his teachers included Anton Reicha. After a brief return to Belgium, and a disastrous reception of an early oratorio Ruth, he moved to Paris, where he married and embarked on a career as teacher and organist. He gained a reputation as a formidable musical improviser, and travelled widely within France to demonstrate new instruments built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll.

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  • Verbier Festival presents Kristóf Baráti & Lucas Debargue in Recital (2018)

    Violinist Kristóf Baráti and pianist Lucas Debargue perform C. Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano, J. Brahms' op. 78 Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major, C. Franck's Violin Sonata in A major, and J. Brahms' Scherzo in C minor. Performed as part of the Verbier Festival.

  • Ashton Triple (The Dream; Symphonic Variations; Marguerite and Armand) (2017)

    Ashton Triple (The Dream; Symphonic Variations; Marguerite and Armand) by F. Mendelssohn, C. Franck, F. Liszt, from The Royal Ballet, performed at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2017. Conductor Emmanuel Plasson, starring Steven McRae, Roberto Bolle, Marianela Nuñez, Yuhui Choe, Vadim Muntagiro...

  • Stradella (2012)

    Stradella by C.Franck, from Opéra Royale de Wallonie, 2012. Directed by Jaco van Dormael, conductor Paolo Arrivabeni, starring Patrick Mignon, Marc Laho, Werner van Mechelen, Isabelle Kabatu, Philippe Rouillon, Xavier Rouillon, Giovanni Iovino, Roger Joakim . Performed in French and subtitled in ...