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Gounod: Symphonies 1 & 2 - Tortelier

Gounod: Symphonies 1 & 2 - Tortelier

Chandos  CHSA 5231

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Gounod: Symphonies 1 & 2

Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)


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.

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Recorded on 30 April and 2-4 May 2018 at the Eldborg, Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland, 24/96

Recording producer: Brian Pidgeon

Sound engineer and editor: Jonathan Cooper

Assistant engineer: Georg Magnússon

Artist and Repertoire administrator: Sue Shortridge

Microphones: Thuresson CM 402 (main sound); Schoeps MK22 / MK4 / MK6; DPA 4006 & 4011; Neumann U89

CM 402 microphones are hand built by the designer, Jörgen Thuresson, in Sweden.