Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier Gounod: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2Promotion

Gounod: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier

Released on March 29, 2019 by Chandos

Main artist: Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Gramophone Editor's Choice ( June 2019)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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After winning the Prix de Rome for his cantata Fernand in 1839 and spending two years in Rome, Gounod should have gone on to study in Germany, but he managed in 1842 to persuade the authorities that he should remain in Rome to work on a symphony. In 1843 he visited Mendelssohn who (while trying to dissuade him from wasting his time on Goethe’s Faust!) urged him to write another symphony. We do not know how much of the First Symphony Gounod had completed by then, but it is not surprising that Mendelssohn figures as one of the key influences on both symphonies. After performances of individual movements in 1855, premieres were given of the First on 4 March that year and of the Second on 13 February 1856. Yan Pascal Tortelier and his Iceland Symphony Orchestra demonstrate outstanding precision and musicality in these unjustly neglected works. © Chandos
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Album : 1 disk - 8 tracks Total length : 01:01:43

    Symphony No.1 (Charles Gounod)
  1. 1 Symphony No. 1 in D Major: I. Allegro molto

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  2. 2 Symphony No. 1 in D Major: II. Allegretto moderato

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  3. 3 Symphony No. 1 in D Major: III. Scherzo. Non troppo presto

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  4. 4 Symphony No. 1 in D Major: IV. Finale. Adagio

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  5. Symphony No.2
  6. 5 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major: I. Adagio - Allegro agitato

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  7. 6 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major: II. Larghetto

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  8. 7 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

  9. 8 Symphony No. 2 in E-Flat Major: IV. Finale. Allegro, leggiero assai

    Yan Pascal Tortelier, Conductor - Charles-Francois Gounod, Composer - Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist Copyright : (C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

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  • After winning the Prix de Rome for his cantata Fernand in 1839 and spending two years in Rome, Gounod should have gone on to study in Germany, but he managed in 1842 to persuade the authorities that he should remain in Rome to work on a symphony. In 1843 he visited Mendelssohn who (while trying to dissuade him from wasting his time on Goethe’s Faust!) urged him to write another symphony. We do not know how much of the First Symphony Gounod had completed by then, but it is not surprising that Mendelssohn figures as one of the key influences on both symphonies. After performances of individual movements in 1855, premieres were given of the First on 4 March that year and of the Second on 13 February 1856. Yan Pascal Tortelier and his Iceland Symphony Orchestra demonstrate outstanding precision and musicality in these unjustly neglected works. © Chandos

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