Bizet et Gounod album

"A suitably exuberant and boisterous performance"

« Georges Bizet was 17, and a student working on a piano reduction of Charles Gounod’s symphonies, when he wrote his own solitary Symphony… Here it secures from François Leleux and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra a suitably exuberant and boisterous performance, characterised by perky woodwinds (with an especially eloquent principal oboe making the most of his extended solo in the slow movement) and supple, athletic strings, particularly good in the bouncy Mendelssohnian finale.

Charmingly, Leleux finds room for Bizet’s mentor Gounod’s lovely little Petite Symphonie for nine wind instruments, where Leleux himself plays the principal oboe.

Not to be overlooked. »

Daily Mail