Notes & Reviews:
Theodore Gouvy's music, Mendelssohn-inspired, is ennobled with an air of French academicism. The 'Portraits' series is devoted to largely forgotten French composers. This CD-book presents a significant selection of his works - for the most part never heard before. The book contains biographical information, excerpts from letters and articles discussing the composer's style and personality.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This is part of a handsome and useful series devoted to the music of composers who have largely been forgotten. The current volume makes a strong case that Theodore Gouvy deserves greater renown. He was born in 1819 in the French-speaking village of Goffontaine on the border of France and Prussia. The village had come under Prussian control shortly before Gouvy's birth. Gouvy was an able pianist whose idiomatic writing for the instrument calls to mind Mendelssohn at his best. His serenades for piano are included here, and Emmanuelle Swiercz gives them performances that are colorful and deeply felt. Jacques Mercier and the Lorraine Orchestra round out the volume with energetic and expressive accounts of several Gouvy overtures.
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