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'...The Roar of the Crowd...'

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 25 February 2013

Known today for little other than the song Ave Maria and the hugely popular opera Faust, Charles-François Gounod nevertheless holds an important place in the pantheon of French composers, not least for his skills as a melodist. Gounod was at least as popular for his religious works as he was for his operas and became a hugely respected figure in his later years. As a young man making his way in the world, Gounod struggled with his vocation, torn between church and theatre. Donald Macleod introduces works from those early years, including some of Gounod's early songs, part of his first stage work and the second of his rarely heard symphonies.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:01

    Charles-François Gounod Ave Maria

    Performers: Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:10

    Charles-François Gounod Le soir (Lammartine)

    Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012, 2

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:15

    Charles-François Gounod Venise (Alfred de Musset)

    Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012, 3

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:22

    Charles-François Gounod Tobie Invocation to the end

    Performers: Angel Raphael Cécile Perrin, Anne Delphine Haidan , The Young Tobias Marc Duguay, The Old Tobias Fernand Bernandi, Chorus and Orchestra of Paris-Sorbonne, Conductor, Jacques Grimbert

    Marco Polo:8223892, 8

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:36

    Charles-François Gounod Sapho: Act III Ou suis-je... O ma lyre immortelle

    Performers: Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo soprano), Munich Radio Orchestra, Conductor Frédéric Chaslin

    RCA:74321 67667 2, 3

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:48

    Charles-François Gounod Symphony no.2 - first mvt only

    Performers: Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse,Conductor Michel Plasson

    EMI:CDM763942, 5

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:02

    Charles-François Gounod Ave Maria

    Performers: Ann Murray (mezzo soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:11

    Charles-François Gounod Le soir (Lammartine)

    Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012, 2

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:16

    Charles-François Gounod Venise (Alfred de Musset)

    Performers: Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

    Hyperion:CDA668012, 3

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:23

    Charles-François Gounod Tobie Invocation to the end

    Performers: Angel Raphael Cécile Perrin, Anne Delphine Haidan , The Young Tobias Marc Duguay, The Old Tobias Fernand Bernandi, Chorus and Orchestra of Paris-Sorbonne, Conductor, Jacques Grimbert

    Marco Polo:8223892, 8

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:37

    Charles-François Gounod Sapho: Act III Ou suis-je... O ma lyre immortelle

    Performers: Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo soprano), Munich Radio Orchestra, Conductor Frédéric Chaslin

    RCA:74321 67667 2, 3

  • Image for Charles-François Gounod
    00:48

    Charles-François Gounod Symphony no.2 - first mvt only

    Performers: Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse,Conductor Michel Plasson

    EMI:CDM763942, 5

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