Charles Gounod

Symphony No. 1 in D major

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    Gounod had two new operas staged in the 1850s before he wrote this symphony. The first, Sappho, was a success but <

    Gounod found it liberating to write absolute music with no staging or dramatic requierments. He added a pair of outer movements to make the work a symphony (speeding up the tempo marking of the slow movement a little bit to "Allegretto moderato"). The result is a nice symphony of classical proportions (about twenty-eight minutes), restrained emotions, good humor, and bright, clear orchestration.


    1. Allegro molto
    2. Allegretto moderato
    3. Scherzo - Trio. Non troppo presto
    4. Finale. Adagio - Allegro vivace

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 Tacet TACET 214CD
    2014 CPO 7778632
    2010 Decca
    2010 EMI Classics / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 50999906820
    2009 Timpani / Zebralution
    2006 Naxos 8557463
    2006 Timpani 1C1102
    1998 Philips 462 125-2PH
    1996 ASV CDDCA981
    Electrecord 173