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After the premiere of Oedipus at Colonus in 1881, not much more was heard about Gouvy's opera. Joachim Fontaine examined the score under its layer of archival mold and spent many years reconstructing it and working toward its revival. This is the first recording of the opera since its reconstruction.

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  • Performer: Christa Ratzenböck, Vinzenz Haab, Stephen Roberts, Joseph Cornwell, Kantorei Saarlouis, et al.
  • Orchestra: La Grande Société Philharmonique
  • Conductor: Joachim Fontaine
  • Composer: Louis Théodore Gouvy
  • Audio CD (May 28, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: CPO
  • ASIN: B00BSJDK8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek on March 12, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Having sampled Gouvy's symphonies with a mixed reaction, I decided to take a leap and listen to this reconstruction of his opera Oedipe a Colone, which has not become a staple anywhere in the world. I don't feel as knowledgeable or skilled to render a devastating review of the performers, as the previous reviewer has, but I do know what I like and it really isn't this. I don't know if anyone can breathe life into this work, but it certainly didn't happen in this release. Usually I can find some redeeming features in a work and give it three stars as being at least okay. Sad to say, I must declare that I find this music boring in the extreme. Gouvy concentrated on orchestral music when his French compatriots favored opera. Hearing this try he made in that latter genre, I must say he made the right choice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hfs on February 25, 2014
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Surely M. Gouvy deserves better treatment than this indifferently performed, abysmally recorded act of vapidity. As little Gouvy as is available to us on record, the disappointment is doubly insulting. An assessment of the work itself is rendered impossible by the ho-hum, inattentive conducting and singers surely near the end of mercifully brief careers. Why this was deemed fit for cd is anybody's guess, but it seems the folks at CPO, a fine label in general, simply weren't listening.
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