CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890): Ce qu'on entend sur la montagne, Op. 13, Hulda - Ballet allégorique, Symphony in D Minor.
Catalogue Number: 02O004
Label: Fuga Libera
Description: Given that this is almost certainly the first ever symphonic poem written (a seal on the manuscript which Franck never used after 1847/48 guarantees its precedence over Liszt's version, finished in 1850, inspired by the same Victor Hugo poetry), it's been dreadfully treated by record labels. This appears to be only its second recording after the one which appeared on Koch Schwann in 1987. The 22-24 minute work (this recording is almost two minutes longer than the other one) encapsulates the feelings of man confronted by the vastness and majesty of nature and the note-writer here compares its atmosphere to the opening of Das Rheingold and the quality of its predominantly slow music to Bruckner's adagios. This is the First CD Recording of the five dances, lasting some 17 minutes, from Franck's late 1881-86) opera, in which you may hear suggestions of Tchaikovsky, vaguely "Oriental"-sounding tones and echoes of his earlier Les Eolides and anticipations of the yet-to-come Psyché. Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Cristian Arming.