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Orchestral music by
Louis Théodore Gouvy -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... definitely worth your attention.'

Théodore Gouvy: Symphony 4; Fantaisie Symphonique - Mercier. © 2013 cpo

I'd not heard of the French composer Louis Théodore Gouvy (1819-1898) until recently, when I heard his oratorio Oedipe à Colone, a score that, striking generalized Romantic postures while nodding to oratorio tradition, didn't sound particularly French. The symphonic music collected here, on the other hand, does -- to different degrees and in different styles!

The half-hour Fourth Symphony hews more closely to early-Romantic Austro-German models than to a distinctive nationalist aesthetic. The annotator, Joachim Fontaine, cites Beethoven's influence, but I more readily hear Schumann's -- as when the agitated opening theme gives way to a flowing, but still agitated, second group; or in the lyric breadth of the Larghetto...

Copyright © 28 September 2013 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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THEODORE GOUVY: SYMPHONY 4; FANTAISIE SYMPHONIQUE

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