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François-Joseph Gossec: Symphonies Op. 4


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The symphonic cycle being presented here for the first time in complete recorded form was written thirty years prior to 1789. Gossec’s some fifty symphonies doubtless make him the most important French symphonist of the second half of the eighteenth century. However, he wrote most of his symphonic works prior to about 1780; after this date the increasing popularity of Haydn’s symphonies in Paris may have caused him to lose interest in this genre. When compared with the first series from 1756, they offer considerable innovations even in purely formal matters: they have four movements, and oboes and/or horns have been added to the instrumentation used in op. III, which was exclusively for strings. The symphonies are distinguished primarily by attention-grabbing initial displays, though the last two form exceptions to the rule. No. 5, the “Pastorella”, has a title indicating that it is a work of pastoral character, that is, of country expression, while No. 6 does not make use of the characteristic stylistic elements, such as long crescendo passages and sudden forte-piano contrasts, presumably imparted to Gossec by Stamitz.
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Item number 555263-2
Barcode 761203526321
Release date 02/08/2019
Category Symphony
Label CPO Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss
Composers Gossec, François-Joseph
Conductors Gaudenz, Simon
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