Audio Pieces with Organ Sound: On the 200th Birthday of César Franck

Audio Pieces with Organ Sound: On the 200th Birthday of César Franck

The composer César Franck celebrates his 200th birthday on 10 December. To mark the occasion, Frankfurt organ professor Carsten Wiebusch has recorded Franck's complete organ works. As part of the seminar "Music Feature" with Dr. Kerstin Unseld, the students of the 5th semester Bachelor created four features with organ sound for the composer's birthday, which went on air at SWR 2 shortly before Christmas.


The "File O" - Searching for traces of organ recordings by César Franck

Authors: Tabea Spengler and Veronika Metzger

Strange things are happening in the Christuskirche in Karlsruhe: open church doors, a mysterious envelope and an almost hysterical priest who no longer knows where his head is. A clear case for the investigator duo Helena Neumann and Gerhardt Marx.

But this time they have to get help - from organist and professor Carsten Wiebusch. Together they decipher codes, follow clues and listen very carefully. Will the three succeed in solving the riddles surrounding the organ and its music?

"Organs are as different as people. Of course, there is a basic set of stops that is present in every organ. But apart from that, they are completely different."  (Carsten Wiebusch, performer)



"Take Franck" - The production process of a complete recording

Authors: Julia Kesch and Sophie von Jena

Over wine and organ sound: this is how Carsten Wiebusch came up with the idea of a complete recording of the organ works of César Franck. But the road to the release of the album takes several years and requires a lot of planning. On which organ does the piece sound best? What are the dynamics of the recording? And who can mix the pieces?

The most beautiful moment, "holding the finished CD in my hands", as Carsten Wiebusch describes it, is now imminent. The feature by Julia Kesch and Sophie von Jena accompanies you through the production process of this project of Carsten Wiebusch's heart.

"1990 was the 100th anniversary of Franck's death, and I remember very well that we spent that evening with some fellow students and a few bottles of wine at a large, romantic organ and played our way through all the great works, just for fun." (Carsten Wiebusch, performer)


"Colourfulness in music - what Monet and Franck have in common".

Authors: Madleen Kutterer and Katharina Schlegel

Bright light falls through the large church windows. The stone floor glows colourfully, the smallness of the glass elements fascinates. Not only church visitors. The colourfulness of this moment also finds its way into the arts - painting and music.

Is this snapshot a connection between these sister arts? Can musicians and painters even learn something from each other? The feature "Colourfulness in music - what Monet and Franck have in common" explores these questions. A lively art student goes in search of clues and seeks inspiration from organist Carsten Wiebusch.

"I have dared much, but next time I will dare even more." (César Franck)


"Building the organ, listening to the organ, playing the organ - promotional trailer for the queen of instruments"

 Authors: Lora Ganeva and Clara Schwarz

"You have to realise that the organ was something super-modern back then - exactly not the old-fashioned, but the most modern of musical instruments, so to speak." (Carsten Wiebusch, performer)