Bizet's Symphony in C
Bizet's "Symphony in C" has a fascinating history. Written when Bizet was studying at the Paris Conservatoire, probably as a student assignment, it seems he made no effort to have the work published during his lifetime. Rediscovered in the 1930s, it was premiered 80 years after it had been written and since then has remained a popular addition to the symphonic repertoire. Stephen Johnson unpicks this youthful work, which reveals the influence of Bizet's teacher, Charles Gounod and the techniques and colourful orchestration that Bizet would employ in his later compositions.