Franz André was a Belgian conductor, born Brussels, 10th June 1893, died 20th January 1975. He studied at the Brussels Conservatoire, where he won first prize in violin in 1912. He quickly became interested in conducting. When Belgian Radio was founded in 1923 he was appointed second conductor of the Radio Orchestra. In 1935 he set up the Belgian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and conducted many premieres with them, including works by Milhaud, Koechlin, Bartók, Britten and Stravinsky.
Debussy – La Mer
I. De l’auber a midi sur la mer
II. Jeux de vagues
III. Dialogue du vent et de la mer
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Capitol Telefunken KCM 8010 (album of three 45rpm 7” discs)
Matrices 45-8049-ID3, 8050-ID4, 8051-ID1, 8052-ID2, 8053-ID4, 8054-ID2
Recorded 17th November 1941
Franck – Le Chasseur Maudit
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Decca X 10079/80 (Issued on English DECCA K1485/6)
Matrices AR 10191-2, 10192-2, 10193-2, 10194-2
Recorded 2nd April 1946
Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals
Ravel – Daphnis and Chloe Suite No.2
L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André
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Telefunken GMA 41
Matrices LPO-65330-3B, LPO-36498-3B
Recorded 5th October 1952 (Saint-Saëns), November 1950 (Ravel)
Mussorgsky – Night on the Bare Mountain
Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre
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Telefunken Füllschrift VSK 9012 (Microgroove 78)
Matrices 9-036712-IV, 9-036713-III
Recorded 9th April 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
R. Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier – Waltzes
Liszt – Les Preludes

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Capitol Telefunken L 8173
Matrices L-8173-Y1, L-8173-Z1 (8-52)
Recorded 12th April 1952, 9th April 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Tchaikovksy – Capriccio Italien Op.45
Tchaikovksy – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Le Grand Orchestre Symphonique de L’I.N.R. Belge, Bruxelles, Franz AndréMediafire link for Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Meyerbeer – Franz André

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Telefunken LGM 65005
Matrices LP 36720-1A, 36721-1B
Recorded 12th and 14th April 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released 1955
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade Op.35

I. The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship
II. The Story of the Kalendar Prince
III. The Young Prince and the Young Princess
IV. Festival in Bagdad – The Sea
L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André

Telefunken LP LGX 66018
Matrices: LP.036841-2P, 03684201B
Recorded 2nd October 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released 1954Franz André’s account of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade is rich in orchestral colour. The recording dates from a time when orchestral sonorities had not become so homogenised as they are now. This is particularly clear in some of the woodwind solos.
Beethoven – Symphony No.7 in A major Op.92

I. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto – Assai meno presto
IV. Allegro con brio

L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André

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Telefunken LT 7023 (Uruguayan issue)
Matrices LP 036847, 036848-IIV
Recorded 3rd October 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released February 1954The pressing I worked from is a little worn and battered, so there is some noise, particularly in the second movement. The French sounding woodwinds add a distinctive colour to this recording.
Franck – Symphonic Poem “Psyché”.
Arthur de Greef – “Four Old Flemish Folksongs”
L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion National Belge
Telefunken LGX 66024
Recorded 5th October 1952 (Franck), 7th October 1952 (De Greef), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released April 1954This is a rare outing for de Greef as a composer: he’s much better known for his extensive discography as a pianist.
Offenbach – Orpheus in der Unterwelt – Overture
Suppé – Dichter und Bauer – Overture
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Offenbach – Orphée – AndréSuppé – Poet and Peasant – André(mp3 file – click to play, or right click the link, then select “Save as”)
Telefunken UX4507 (7” 45rpm)
Matrices 45-9/38418-1-R, 45-9/36989-X-R
Recorded 6 and 5 October 1952, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Bizet – L’Arlèsienne Suites 1 & 2

Suite No.1 – I. Prelude
Suite No.1 – II. Minuetto No.1
Suite No.1 – III. Adagietto
Suite No.1 – IV. Carillon

Suite No.2 – I. Pastorale
Suite No.2 – II. Intermezzo
Suite No.2 – III. Minuetto No.2
Suite No.2 – IV. Farandole

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Telefunken LGX 666021
Matrices LP037096-1B, 037097-1B
Recorded 1st October 1953
Issued 1954
Beethoven – Symphony No.4 in Bb major Op.60

I. Adagio – Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
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Telefunken TW 30149
Matrices LP-36959-III, 36960-IV
Recorded 2nd October 1953, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released March 1954
Meyerbeer – Fackeltanz No.1 in B flat major
Glazunov – Valse de Concert No.1 in D major Op.47

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Telefunken TM 68014
Matrices MRL 28-1B, 27-1B
Recorded 2nd October 1953, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.4 in F minor Op.36

I. Andante sostenuto
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo (Pizzicato ostinato)
IV. Finale (Allegro con fuoco)
L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André

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Telefunken GMA 6
Matrices LP0-36726-2A, 36727-3A
Recorded 9th April 1954, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Released October 1954
Hérold – Zampa – Overture

Adam – Si j’étais Roi – Overture

Auber – La Muette de Portici (Masaniello) – Overture

Berlioz – Le Carnaval Romain – Overture

Thomas – Mignon – Overture

Auber – Fra Diavolo – Overture
 


L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion National Belge, Franz AndréTchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite Op.71

I. Miniature Overture
II. March
III. Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy
IV. Russian Dance (Trepak)
V. Arabian Dance
VI. Chinese Dance
VII. Dance of the Mirlitons
VIII. Waltz of the Flowers

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C major Op.48

I. Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato
II. Waltz (Moderato)
III. Elegy (Larghetto elegiaco)
IV. Andante – Allegro con spirito

L’ Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion Nationale Belge, Franz André

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Telefunken SMA 13 (12” stereo LP)
Matrices STE-010355-2D, 010356-2D
Recorded October 1955 (Zampa, Muette de Portici), 15th July 1956 (Carnaval Romain, Fra Diavolo), 16th July 1956 (Si j’étais Roi), 17th April 1957 (Mignon), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Telefunken TC 8001
Matrices LP-037852-41A, LP-37623/4-1B
Recorded 15th July 1956 (Nutcracker), 23rd October 1955 (Serenade), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels.

 

 

Delibes – Coppélia Suite
Prelude and Mazurka
Entr’acte and Valse
Valse de la Poupée
Czardas
Delibes – Sylvia Suite
Prelude – Les Chasseresses
Intermezzo and Valse Lente
Pizzicato – Polka
Cortège de Bacchus
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Telefunken TCS 18006 (12” stereo LP)
Matrices STE-010393-1, 010392
Recorded 16th (Sylvia) and 17th (Coppélia) April 1957, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels
Coates – London SuiteI. Covent Garden (Tarantelle)
II. Westminster (Meditation)
III. Knightsbridge (March)Coates – London Bridge
Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D major Op.39
Gershwin – An American in Paris
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Telestar 10049
Matrices LP-071621-I, LP-038079-III
Recorded 2nd to 7th April 1958 (Coates), 20th April 1957 (Elgar), 19th April 1957 (Gershwin)
Ravel – Bolero

Dukas – L’apprenti sorcier

De Boeck – Rhapsodie Dahoméenne

L’Orchestre Symphonique de la Radiodiffusion National Belge, Franz André

Telefunken SLB 12001 (12” stereo LP)
Matrices XLP – Ste – 10168-IV, 10217-VI
Recorded 2-7 April 1958, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels