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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



Dean Frey
Music for Several Instruments, June 2017

It’s really excellent to have these symphonies back, on this new Capriccio Encore release. Recorded in 2003 by Concerto Köln under Werner Eberhardt, this music sounds fresh and stylish today. And what music it is: those who don’t know Gossec’s symphonic music are in for a treat. That’s especially true of the Symphonie à 17 parties the Belgian composer wrote in 1809, which sounds very much like Haydn’s later symphonies but with some splendid theatrical touches. I’ve always loved this work, since I first heard it on an early 1970s recording with Jacques Houtmann conducting the Orchestre Philharmonique du Liege. © 2017 Music for Several Instruments Read complete review



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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