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Mehul: Complete Symphonies / Swierczewski, Et Al


Release Date: 12/02/1992 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5184   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sunday Times (London) Record of the Year - 1989.

Winner of Grand Prix, Academie Charles Cros - 1990

Released to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution, this is the only set of Méhul's complete symphonies on CD. In his day, Méhul was France’s most famous composer - his many operas placed him alongside Beethoven and Cherubini. Typical of music in Napoleon's times, the symphonies are characterised by brilliance and virtuosity, qualities brought out by the partnership between Michel Swierczewski and the Orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation. Although forgotten by the Parisian establishment they are important in the development of the symphony before Berlioz. - Nimbus
Sunday Times (London) Record of the Year - 1989.

Winner of Grand Prix, Academie Charles Cros - 1990

Released to mark the bicentenary of the French Revolution, this is the only set of Méhul's complete symphonies on CD. In his day, Méhul was France’s most famous composer - his many operas placed him alongside Beethoven and Cherubini. Typical of music in Napoleon's times, the symphonies are characterised by brilliance and virtuosity, qualities brought out by the partnership between Michel Swierczewski and the Orchestra of the Gulbenkian Foundation. Although forgotten by the Parisian establishment they are important in the development of the symphony before Berlioz. - Nimbus Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le jeune Henri: Overture by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 10 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 1 in G minor by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808-1809; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 25 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 2 in D major by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808-1809; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 27 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Le trésor supposé: Overture by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 3 in C major by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 23 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 4 in E major by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul
Conductor:  Michel Swierczewski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Lisbon, Portugal 
Length: 25 Minutes 44 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Extremely worth getting! September 6, 2013 By E. Hess (Cheltenham, MD) See All My Reviews "All of the selections are top notch, and I massaged "La Chase de Jeune Henri" as a ringtone for my Mother." Report Abuse
 First Romantic Composer? July 7, 2012 By Charles Marsteller (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "Mehul is stated by some to (technically) be the first of the Romantics, having been born a few years ahead of his rival for this "title", the great Ludwig von Beethoven. One can clearly hear a Romantic style in Mehul's works, and hence, these recordings are well worth hearing. That said: Don't expect Beethoven! Mehul is good--clearly, he was a serious composer. But no one can beat The Master, and any synergy, if any, between the Frenchman Mehul and the German Beetoven? Well, don't expect to hear some variant of Beethoven and Brahms either. I say this as Mehul was clearly of the French style...and like many of his compatriots, well worth a listen." Report Abuse
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