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Some music lovers are familiar with Ce qu’on entend sur la montagne , Liszt’s symphonic poem based on Victor Hugo. But who knows that, ten years earlier, César Franck was inspired by the same poem? This early piece is recorded here by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by Mikko Franck. They couple it with the famous Symphony in D minor, dedicated to Henri Duparc and premiered, without much success, in 1889. Even if the score is quite well-known today, in the end it is performed quite rarely, which is a pity, because it really has all the characteristics of a masterpiece: melodic and harmonic inspiration, refined orchestration, variety of mood, an ingenious structure. Two works by Franck . . . by Franck! This album marks the beginning of a collaboration between Alpha and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, which will focus on very varied repertories

"(On Franck’s piece) the playing has great richness and fervor, with the woodwind and brass particularly fine in both works. The recording itself is beautifully engineered and scrupulously balanced"
Gramophone
"It's nice that Mikko Franck has put this rarity on the programme alongside the Symphony in d-minor. His serious reading does not suppress the pathetic in the music of his namesake, but it is only moderately spectacular. Perhaps also a consequence of the dull sound image?"