Gounod Archive

Beecham at the Royal Festival Hall, Volume 3 = ADDISON: Carte Blanche; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7; GOUNOD: Juliet’s Dream; SAINT-SAENS: Dance of the Priestesses – Royal Phil. Orch. / Sir Thomas Beecham – Pristine

Beecham at the Royal Festival Hall, Volume 3 = ADDISON: Carte Blanche; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7; GOUNOD: Juliet’s Dream; SAINT-SAENS: Dance of the Priestesses – Royal Phil. Orch. / Sir Thomas Beecham – Pristine

Beecham at the Royal Festival Hall, Volume 3 = ADDISON: Carte Blanche; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92; GOUNOD: Juliet’s Dream; SAINT-SAENS: Dance of the Priestesses from Samson et Dalilah, Op. 47 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Thomas Beecham – Pristine Audio PASC 507, 56:49 [www.pristineclassical.com] ****:  The third of the Royal […]

“The Romantic Piano Concerto – Vol. 61” = THEODORE DÖHLER: Piano Concerto; ALEXANDER DREYSCHOCK: Morceau de concert; Salut à Vienne: Rondo brilliant – Howard Shelley, piano and cond. / Tasmanian Sym. Orch. – Hyperion“The Romantic Piano Concerto – Vol. 62 = GOUNOD: The Complete Works for Pedal Piano and Orchestra” = Suite concertante in A Major; Concerto for Pedal Piano; Fantaisie sur l’hymne national russe; Danse roumaine – Roberto Prosseda, pedal piano / Orch. della Svizzera Italiana / Howard Shelley – Hyperion

“The Romantic Piano Concerto – Vol. 61” = THEODORE DÖHLER: Piano Concerto; ALEXANDER DREYSCHOCK: Morceau de concert; Salut à Vienne: Rondo brilliant – Howard Shelley, piano and cond. / Tasmanian Sym. Orch. – Hyperion“The Romantic Piano Concerto – Vol. 62 = GOUNOD: The Complete Works for Pedal Piano and Orchestra” = Suite concertante in A Major; Concerto for Pedal Piano; Fantaisie sur l’hymne national russe; Danse roumaine – Roberto Prosseda, pedal piano / Orch. della Svizzera Italiana / Howard Shelley – Hyperion

Here we have some entries from early and late in the annals of the Romantic piano concerto. Both offerings are attractive.

Opera Fantaisie — BELLINI: Norma: Theme and Variations; TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Fantasia; BIZET: Carmen: Paraphrase; MEHUL: Je Suis Encore dans mon Printemps: Variations; GOUNOD: Faust: Fantasia; OFFENBACH: Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Fantasia; DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor: Fantasia – Emmanuel Ceysson, harp – Naïve

Opera Fantaisie — BELLINI: Norma: Theme and Variations; TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Fantasia; BIZET: Carmen: Paraphrase; MEHUL: Je Suis Encore dans mon Printemps: Variations; GOUNOD: Faust: Fantasia; OFFENBACH: Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Fantasia; DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor: Fantasia – Emmanuel Ceysson, harp – Naïve

The solo harp finds either a demon or an angel in Monsieur Ceysson’s accounts of “salon” arrangements of operas that may have electrified Paris in their time, but certainly astound us here and now.