• CPO7778632 Katalognummer
  • 761203786329 EAN
  • 2CD Format
  • 2014 Utgivelsesår

Caetani, Oleg

Gounod, Charles

Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana


Gounod, Charles:
Symphony No. 1 in D major;
Symphony No. 2 in E flat major;
Symphony No. 3 in C major (Fragment) - First Recording


A Third Symphony by Gounod?
A sensational world-premiere recording: the fragment of a third symphony by
Gounod on CD! Oleg Caetani, the conductor of our recording, has the great
good fortune of being so closely acquainted with the Gounod family that its
members have allowed him to use the manuscript of the third symphony for a
recording. And what good luck for us as well! The present CD of course also
includes Gounod’s more familiar two symphonies, which Caetani describes as
»In the first symphony the influence of Haydn, whom Gounod loved very much,
is quite apparent, but the character of the music is most deeply French.
The minuet in particular reminds us that this dance was born in France, and
here Gounod treats it just as nostalgically as Ravel did when he composed
his minuet almost a century later. The allegro with which the second
symphony begins is quite clearly maintained in Beethoven’s manner and
reminds us of the corresponding movement in the Eroica. In contrast, the
pastoral character of the slow movement is more reminiscent of the
delightful side of France – not only of the real landscapes but also even
more of the illustrations that one finds in children’s books of the
nineteenth century. The impatient scherzo with its practically dodecaphonic
first unison, just as everything that is yet to come, anticipates the
harmonic world of the slow movement (the only one completed) from the third
(unfinished) symphony.
»In the end these three symphonies profit from the constant contrast
between charm and verve, two special French traits that here blend together
in a quite theatrical atmosphere.«


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