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Classical - Released December 2, 2013 | Zig-Zag Territoires

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Classical - Released June 22, 2015 | Bru Zane

The time has finally come for the Lorraine composer Théodore Gouvy, even if he still remains largely unknown to the public at large. Nicknamed "The French Mendelssohn" by musicologist Alexandre Dratwicki, the artistic director of the Bru Zane Foundation behind this release, Gouvy is the typical romantic musician at the crossroads of France and Germany, rocked by the vagaries of European history. Released in 2013, this album is an excellent introduction to the music of Théodore Gouvy with symphonic, vocal and chamber music pieces. Influenced by Ambroise Thomas and Camille Saint-Saëns, the composer from Moselle unfolds a wealth of beauty through these pages which owe much to Mendelssohn's melodic sense as well as to Schumann's dramatism. A European at heart, Gouvy lived in Berlin, Paris and Italy, where he befriended Rossini, whom he later met in Paris. Deeply wounded in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he turned increasingly to religious music, which opened new horizons for him. His dual culture is noticeable throughout all the recordings offered here. His scientific approach to timbre and melodic sensitivity allow him to create a particularly successful synthesis of the different styles of his time. It is an exciting route that we follow here, from his very detached and dapper Sinfonietta to his Fifth Quartet in C minor. High-class performances. © François Hudry/Qobuz