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Louis Théodore Gouvy

Voces Intimae

Piano Trios

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Classics
  • UPC 0608917257120
  • Catalog number CC 72571
  • Release date 16 January 2013

About the album

When Alexandre Dratwicki, Scientific Director of Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française - told us about Louis Théodore Gouvy, the name was completely new to us. Balancing our interpretations of the Great Composers with the discovery and evaluation of lesser known composers has always been one of our main objectives and, with this in mind, we have already dedicated a lot of time to Hummel. He at least was a known composer amongst the first Romantic Virtuosi, whereas investigating Gouvy was just a vague idea, but one that turned out to be extremely stimulating. As soon as we started analysing his music, we realised that it was yet another example of an important composer that has unjustly been ignored. The fact that he was born in an area that historically has frequently changed hands between France and Germany (he only became a French citizen at the age of 32) partly explains his struggle to fame, but it enabled him to develop a unique style. He mixed the solidity, potency and richness of the Romantic German Structure with the unusual inventiveness, the bubbly curiosity and cosmopolitan variety of French Music and Culture of the second half of the 19th century, all combined with a romantic instrumental virtuosity and the irresistible and unquenchable passion for the world of opera. He captivated us in particular with his thematic inventions, his superb knowledge of harmony and instrumental composition, but also his ingenuous way of dealing with new musical approaches. Out of the 5 trios that Gouvy has written, we have chosen nos. 2, 3 and 4.

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