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Gounod: Symphony No. 1; Petite Symphony / Bizet: L'Arlesienne


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listen  1. Symphony No.1 In D - 1. Allegro MoltoSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No.1 In D - 2. Allegro ModeratoSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No.1 In D - 3. Scherzo. Non Troppo PrestoSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra 6:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No.1 In D - 4. Finale. Adagio-Allegro VivaceSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra 9:01Album Only
listen  5. Petite Symphonie In B Flat For 9 Wind Instruments - 1. Adagio Et AllegrettoSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Petite Symphonie In B Flat For 9 Wind Instruments - 2. Andante Cantabile (Andante, Quasi Adagio)St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Petite Symphonie In B Flat For 9 Wind Instruments - 3. Scherzo (Allegro Moderato)St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Petite Symphonie In B Flat For 9 Wind Instruments - 4. Finale (Allegretto)St. Paul Chamber Orchestra 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Incidental Music To ''L'Arlésienne'' (Original Version) - Prelude - Minuetto - Act III Entr'acte - Mélodrame...St. Paul Chamber Orchestra20:24Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Composer: Charles Gounod, Georges Bizet
  • Audio CD (June 14, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: London Digital
  • ASIN: B00000E4L2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on August 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Up until recent decades, not many people realized that the same French composer who gave us the legendary opera "Faust" and the celebrated, ghoulish "Funeral March Of A Marionette" (later appropriated so well for TV's "Alfred Hitchcock Presents") actually ventured into the symphonic form. Nor did a lot of people realize that the music that one of his protégés composed for a theatrical work was not originally scored for a big orchestra. And yet both teacher and protégé are featured on this superlative recording of works that are rarely, if ever, heard in the concert halls.

Charles Gounod's Symphony No. 1 In D Major can be considered a French extension of the classical Viennese symphony as personified by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. It is an effervescent work, scored for an orchestra more or less the same as was required for its forebears, but with delightful additional surprises that the French are known for in their works. It is said to have inspired Gounod's protégé Georges Bizet to compose his own Symphony In C (which Bizet considered a student work, and hid it from the public until it re-emerged in 1931), but has since fallen out of favor, as has its equally significant successor, the Second Symphony (though in recent times, Sir Neville Marriner and his Academy of St. Martin In The Fields have recorded and revived that work). Also included in this recording is Gounod's "Petite Symphonie" for nine wind instruments, which is closer in spirit to Mozart's "Gran Partita" (Serenade No. 10) than a true symphony, but an extremely delightful rarity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Saemann VINE VOICE on April 21, 2008
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This was one of Christopher Hogwood's first forays into the 19th Century repertoire, and it is a complete success. His performance of Gounod's Symphony No. 1 has snap and sparkle, with well conceived tempos and beautiful string phrasing. The sound engineering aids this impression. It is clear and well balanced, with no metallic sound to the strings. It is prehaps a little distant, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The performance of the Petite Symphonie is exemplary, full bodied with both vigor and delicacy where required. Hogwood's suite from L'Arlesienne is interesting. It goes back to the original theater orchestration of the incidental music, rather than to the fuller orchestration of the later suites. I can't say that Hogwood's version is an improvement over the suites, but it certainly is interesting to hear the music this way. A highly civilized CD isuue in every way.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jt52 on September 2, 2011
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Charles Gounod is best known for his opera "Faust" from 1859. In terms of output, he really is predominantly a sacred music composer, but he also created several instrumental works which have been well-known in France since their premieres. The two included here, the 1st symphony from 1855, and the later Little Symphony for 10 winds (2 each of flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and French horn) from 1885, are probably the best known examples. They are odd ducks stylistically, in that they harken back to earlier periods of musical history. While using the term "neoclassical" isn't precisely correct - musical neoclassicism really began in the early part of the 20th century - it conveys the style and approach of these two symphonies.

I found the 1st Symphony to be the strongest work on the disc. It is very attractive and interesting (although the finale is overlong). In terms of quality, let me level set it by saying that it's just a notch below the Beethoven 1st or the Schubert 5th but better than, say, the Mendellsohn reformation Symphony. Hopefully, that is useful as a measuring stick. The point is that the level of inspiration by Gounod shown here is very high - this is a good if obscure work. The style as I mentioned above is odd: it is characteristic of a 1810-1820 composition. So is the fact that it is anachronistic (chronologically out of place) a problem? Not for me, listening in 2011. Note that Gounod began writing the very up-to-date "Faust" right after this symphony.

The Little symphony dates from 30 years after, at a time when Gounod was past the peak of his career. Personally, I thought this was a weak, dishwater-pale work. It failed it hold my attention during each listening.
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