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Gounod Symphonies Colin Anderson
Symphony No.1 in D
Symphony No.2 in E flat
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
Recorded 13-15 May 2004 in the Concert Hall, Suolahti, Finland
CD No: NAXOS 8.557463 | Duration: 68 minutes
Charles Gounod (1818-93) who composed the opera Faust wrote two symphonies that are sheer delight. No.1 sparkles with joie de vivre and has a fund of tunes; fans of Bizets adorable symphony will love it. Symphony No.2 is weightier, always mellifluous, full of ideas, and with a smile-inducing finale. These sympathetic, well-recorded performances are a snip at Naxoss budget price.