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Gounod: Symphonies - Iceland Symphony Orchestra; Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)
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  1. Symphony No. 1 in D major
  2. Symphony No. 2 in E flat major
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Charles Gounod is hardly known for his symphonies, but the two examples here were completed around the time of the St. Cecilia Mass, which made Gounod's fame. You would be unlikely to identify the composer of these works in an information vacuum, however. Gounod had befriended both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn; the latter introduced Gounod to Bach, and the former, before his death, encouraged Gounod's symphonic efforts. There is a great deal of Mendelssohn in these two modest works, a bit of Schubert, perhaps, and in the ...

Gounod: Symphonies 2019, Chandos

UPC: 095115523124