César Franck: Psyché
In July of 1997, conductor Kurt Masur and actress Marthe Keller delivered a performance of César Franck's Psyché unlike any other in recorded history. Expanding upon Masur's vision, the sublime and rarely-heard symphonic poem for chorus and orchestra was augmented by Keller's immersive narration. Her words, delivered between movements with powerful eloquence, are sourced directly from Metamorphoses by the ancient writer Apuleius, which tells the captivating story of Psyché and Cupid. It was this tale, filled with eroticism, alchemy, and scandal, that inspired Franck's soaring composition.