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GOUNOD: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2


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GOUNOD: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2

It is a little known fact that Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 (Naxos 8.553027), now regarded as a minor masterpiece, was closely modelled on his teacher Gounod’s Symphony No. 1, only rediscovered in the 1950s and still unaccountably neglected. Anyone familiar with Bizet’s Symphony will recognize the melodic and rhythmic similarities of the delightfully vivacious outer movements, the wistful slow movements, and the drone-bass effect of the third movements. Gounod’s Symphony No. 2, a more ambitious and elaborate work, particularly in its wind instrumentation, is more in the style of Beethoven or Mendelssohn.

Gounod, Charles-Francois

  Symphony No. 1 in D Major
1.   I. Allegro molto 00:05:54
2.   II. Allegretto moderato 00:06:06
3.   III. Scherzo: Non troppo presto 00:07:42
4.   IV. Finale: Adagio – Allegro vivace 00:08:47
  Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major
5.   I. Adagio - Allegro agitato 00:12:34
6.   II. Larghetto (non troppo) 00:09:22
7.   III. Scherzo: Allegro molto 00:07:32
8.   IV. Finale: Allegro, leggiero assai 00:10:17

Total Playing Time: 01:08:14

Gounod, Charles-Francois

Gallois, Patrick

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.557463

Barcode: 747313246328

Physical Release: 09/2006

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