Thanks to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, today's listening is:

Cesar Franck - Symphony in D Minor

I find this piece interesting because it combines the playfulness of the Scandinavians, the somber but powerful sense of the Faustian sublime of the Germans, and the itinerant wanderlust and emotion of the Southern Europeans. It starts pensively, then as if re-tracing its steps to find an alternate path, discovers its passion and thunders its way straight into a contemplative zone. It reminds me of a fusion of Atheist and early Morbid Angel, with the sense of grandeur of Emperor and the delicate but forceful pacing of Infester.

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