Gounod Symphonies

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Symphony No.1 in D
Symphony No.2 in E flat

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: November 2006
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 Bizet’s 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 Naxos’s budget price.

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