Méhul The Complete Symphonies
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.
"(Mehul has) been very well served by Michel Swierczewski, whose performances are notable for their vitality and neatness and by the Nimbus engineers, who have produced a very pleasant sound from the orchestra."
Lionel Salter, Gramophone