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Nalen Anthoni
Gramophone, November 2017

From farmer’s boy in Belgian Hainaut to Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, François-Joseph Gossec adroitly circumvented political and social turmoil to mould a fulfilling career for most of his 95 years. He was among the first in France to use clarinets, heard in this riotous four-movement, two-minuet contribution (c1773) to a booming art form—hunting calls and frequent galloping rhythm enacting an age-old sport popular at the time. © 2017 Gramophone



Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International, May 2017

It would be easy to spoil Gossec with a heavy flat-footed approach. That is not what he is treated to across these four symphonies. Take the Symphonie à grand orchestra “La Chasse”. It’s full of rhythmic surprises along the way as in the lively first movement which sounds Beethovenian. The skilled Concerto Köln under Werner Ehrhardt search out its serene dignity.

This lively music heard in lively music-making. It draws on an amiable personality who mines both serene dignity and regal grace. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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