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Classical - Released August 2, 2019 | CPO

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Across an exceptionally long life which allowed him to meet both Bach and Schubert, François-Joseph Gossec saw all the political regimes from Louis XV to the Restoration, by way of the French Revolution and the era of Napoleon. Gossec found fame under Napoleon the First, becoming the official and much-adored composer to the Emperor, who dubbed him a member of the Institute, and a knight of the Legion of Honour.Born in Vergnies, a French village which is now found within the Kingdom of Belgium, Gossec studied at Liège and Brussels, before moving to Paris, where he would spend the rest of his life. He owed his career to Rameau, who introduced him to the Fermier-Général La Pouplinière whose artistic influence held the Parisian smart set in its grip. Named director of the Concert Spirituel, he would later become the director-general of the Opéra and collect a whole series of job titles. He adroitly slipped into the ranks of the Revolution and would compose several revolutionary hymns for it. Often seen as "the father of the French symphony", he founded the Conservatoire de Paris with Grétry (another Belgian), where he would soon find himself teaching the Italian Cherubini. But for a long time, foreigners would be banned from the institution.The author of five symphonies, he remains in large part undiscovered. His six Symphonies, Op.4 were written in 1759, at exactly the same time as the first ones by Joseph Haydn. These works are surprising, to say the least. Profoundly original, they seduce the listener with the stunning variety in their writing. Gossec uses all the instrumentation of his time, with daring dissonances and a proliferation of dynamic contrasts and tempos. Sudden silences and pianissimo strings followed by horn-blasts all bear witness to the writing's virtuosity, and Simon Gaudenz skilfully brings out the remarkable clarity and flavour of the timbres. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released August 1, 1998 | Chandos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca (UMO)

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Sacred Vocal Music - Released March 8, 2001 | Naxos

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Theatre Music - Released April 1, 2006 | Chandos

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If the French Revolution hadn't turned into a bloodbath, if Napoleon hadn't turned into a tyrant, and if Austria, England, and Austria hadn't won the Napoleonic wars, François-Joseph Gossec might conceivably hold the same exalted position in music history that Beethoven does and his Le Triomphe de la République might possibly have the same high regard in world culture that Beethoven's Ninth does. Gossec has something of the same grand scale, lofty aspirations, and popular appeal as Beethoven and his lyric divertissement in one act celebrating the victories of the nascent republic has something of the same enormous scope, elevated tone, and common touch of his Ninth Symphony. Of course, Gossec was aiming a lot lower aesthetically in La Triomphe than Beethoven was in his Ninth and while the initial audiences might have been transported by the work's ardent patriotism, latter-day audiences may be put off by its aggressive aggrandizement. But if they are, it won't be the fault of this stupendous recording. The formidable Diego Fasolis leads I Barocchisti, the Coro della Radio Svizzera, the Coro Calicantus, and seven vocal soloists in a performance that is enough to shake the walls and rattle the windows. While not perhaps the last word in refinement, Fasolis and his forces are the first word in magnificence with imposing choruses, impressive solos, splendid orchestral effects -- listen to the gargantuan tympani imitating the roar of artillery -- and, in the closing international ballet, a sense of joi de vivre that perhaps only a great performance of the Ode to Joy can match. As barely contained in Chandos' staggering sound, Gossec's La Triomphe deserves to be heard by anyone with an interest in the period. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 24, 2013 | Ricercar

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Classical - Released March 13, 2007 | Ricercar

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Ricercar

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Chamber Music - Released June 1, 1998 | Naxos

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Chamber Music - Released August 2, 1991 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released March 16, 2010 | CapriccioNR

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released January 1, 2005 | CapriccioNR

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | CPO

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released July 25, 2020 | Planet Blue Records