Charles Gounod

Biography

Born: 1818   Died: 1893   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Charles Gounod is best known for his operas Faust and Romeo et Juliette and for his Ave Maria (1859). Except for concertos, he composed music in the major genres, but with varying success in the instrumental realm. Gounod was more at home in the vocal arena, particularly in opera and sacred music. Though his reputation began to fade even before he died, he is still generally regarded as a major figure in nineteenth century French music. Read more Stylistically, he was a conservative whose influence nevertheless extended to Bizet, Saint-Saëns, and Massenet. He could not be called a trailblazer or the founder of any movement or school. His works are tuneful, his vocal writing imaginative, and orchestral scoring masterly. Gounod's compositions, even his two symphonies and lesser known operas, are occasionally explored today, and the aforementioned Faust and Romeo et Juliette and Ave Maria are widely performed and recorded.

Gounod was born on June 17, 1818. His mother was a pianist who served as the young boy's first teacher. While still in his youth she arranged for him to receive composition lessons from Anton Reicha. After Reicha's death, Gounod began studies at the Paris Conservatory, where he won a Grand Prix in 1839 for his Cantata Fernand.

After further composition studies in Rome, where he focused on sixteenth century church music, particularly the works of Palestrina, he became deeply interested in religion and by 1845 was contemplating the priesthood. Though he would eventually reject the idea and marry, he remained religious throughout his life and wrote many sacred works, including masses, the most popular being the 1855 St. Cecilia Mass. In that year Gounod also turned out two symphonies, which achieved attention but not lasting success. It was the 1859 opera Faust, however, that, after a slow start, became Gounod's calling card. Mireille (1864) and especially Romeo et Juliette (1867) added to his reputation, not only in France but throughout Europe.

From 1870-1875 Gounod lived in England owing to the exigencies of the Franco-Prussian War. In his years there and in the period following his return to France, Gounod wrote much music, especially religious music, but never again attained the kind of success he experienced in the 1850s and '60s. Among his more compelling and imaginative late works is the 1885 Petite Symphonie, (scored for nine instruments). Gounod died in St. Cloud on October 18, 1893. Read less
Gounod: Faust / Kaufmann, Poplavskaya, Pape, Nezet-seguin, Metropolitan Opera
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002021809   Number of Discs: 2
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Gounod: Faust / Kaufmann, Poplavskaya, Pape, Nezet-seguin, Metropolitan Opera [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002021959  
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Work: Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil

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    The Very Best Of Nicolai Gedda
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    Jussi Björling - Classic Arias & Duets Of Bizet, Puccini, Et Al
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    Nicolai Gedda - Tenor Par Excellence
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    Placido Domingo: La Voce D'oro
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    Jussi Bjorling - The Complete RCA Album Collection
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    Historical Collection - Alfredo Kraus,  Boris Christoff, Renata Scotto
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit: Richard Crooks
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    Georges Thill Vol 3 - Gounod
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10248 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
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    50 Best Opera
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    Icon - Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet Of The Tenor Voice
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    Alfredo Kraus In Recital
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    Opera! The Most Famous Arias
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 2156995 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 2
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    The Great Tenors Vol 2 / Knote, Cerini, Paoli, Munteanu, Borgatti, Lapelletrie, Et Al
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    Early French Tenors - Émile Scaramberg, Pierre Cornubert, Julien Lepestre
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    Salut! - Donizetti, Gounod, Verdi, Etc / Piotr Beczala
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    Jean-François Delmas & Emile Scaramberg
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    José Luccioni - Recordings 1935-1948
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Charles Gounod


WORKS
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 1. Les Nubiennes, valse (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 2. Adagio
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 3. Danse antique (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 4. Variations de Cléopatre (Moderato maestoso)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 5. Les Troyennes (Moderato con moto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 6. Variations du miroir (Allegretto)
Gounod: Faust, Ballet Music (1869) - 7. Danse de Phryné (Allegro vivo)
Gounod: Faust / Act 2 - Waltz
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 1 - No.1 Introduction
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 1 - No.2 "Rien!... En vain j'interroge"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 1 - Mais ce Dieu, que peut-il...Me voici! - Eh bien!
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - No.5 "Vin ou bière"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - No.6 "O sainte médaille"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - No.6b Invocation: "Avant de quitter ces lieux" - "Al- lons, amis"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - No.7 Ronde du veau d'or: "Le veau d'or"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - No.8 "Merci de ta chanson"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 2 - Attendons! Ici même...Ainsi que la brise légère
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - No.10 Entr'acte - "Faites-lui les aveux"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - No.11 "C'est ici?"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - Quel trouble inconnu...Salut! Demeure chaste et pure
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - Je voudrais bien savoir...Il était un roi de Thulé
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - No.14b Air des bijoux: "Ah! Je ris de me voir"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - No.15 "Seigneur Dieu, que vois-je!"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - No.18 "Il se fait tard"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 3 - O nuit d'amour!...Divine pureté
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - No.19 "Elles ne sont plus là"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - Elles se cachaient...Il ne revient pas!
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - No.20 "Marguerite! Siebel!'
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - Marthe! - Dieu soit loué! C'est vous!...Déposons nos
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - Qu'attendez-vous encore?...Vous qui faites l'endormie
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - No.25 "Que voulez-vous, messieurs?"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - No.26 "Par ici, mes amis!"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 4 - Seigneur, daignez permettre
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - No.27 La nuit de Walpurgis: "Dans les bruyères"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - No.28 "Jusqu'aux premières feux"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - Ballet...Que ton ivresse, o volupté! étouffe les
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - No.30 "Va t'en"
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - Ah! c'est la voix - Oui, c'est toi
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - Attends! voici la rue
Gounod: Faust - Version 1860/1869 / Act 5 - Alerte alerte! ...Anges purs...Sauvée!
I. Adagio et allegretto
II. Andante cantabile
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale
1. Allegro molto
2. Allegro moderato
3. Scherzo. Non troppo presto
4. Finale. Adagio-Allegro vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
II. Larghetto (non troppo)
III. Scherzo: Allegro molto
IV. Finale: Allegro, leggiero assai