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Gouvy: 'Cantate, Oeuvres Symphoniques et Musique De Chambre'. Overtures-Le Giaour

Magazine article Gramophone

Gouvy: 'Cantate, Oeuvres Symphoniques et Musique De Chambre'. Overtures-Le Giaour

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Gouvy

'Cantate, Oeuvres symphoniques et Musique de chambre' Fantaisie pastorale. Overtures--Le giaour; Jeanne d'Arc; Le festival. Piano Trio No 4, Op 22. La Religieuse. Serenades--No 1, Op 82; No 2. Op 84. Sinfonietta, Op 80. String Quartets--Op 56 No 2; No 5, Op 68

Clementine Margaine mez Tedi Papavrami vn Emmanuelle Swiercz pf Trio Arcadis; Cambini-Paris Quartet; Parisii Quartet; Liege Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Lorraine National Orchestra / Christian Arming, Jacques Mercier Ediciones Singulares [M] [3] ES1014 (3h 13' * DDD)

'Nobody cares what I have done; in Paris people think only of themselves and of the present ... More and more I feel that I do not belong here.' Theodore Gouvy (1819-98) yearned to be recognised in France. It was, spiritually speaking, his native country, but the region in which he was born had become part of Prussia after the defeats of Napoleon. He spent much of his time, and also absorbed most of his musical influences, in Germany, but even there he did not feel entirely at home. Gouvy, if disillusioned in his own time, would be delighted to be alive today to witness the resurgence of interest in his works, which number in excess of 160. Only last year CPO released some Gouvy symphonies; Toccata Classics brought out a CD of his chamber serenades; and the ensemble Voces Intimae revived the piano trios (all 8/13).

In reviewing those recordings I wrote that 'as more and more Gouvy becomes known, we are unlikely to uncover a major innovator in Franco-German culture, but there is a lot to be said for music that simply appeals on its own terms through a sure compositional technique and vital creative spark'. That assertion calls for some tweaking in the light of this new release of three CDs contained within a handsome, informative book (in French and English) produced by the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, which actively promotes the cause of neglected French Romantic music. …

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