Gounod: "Par la main de ce fils" and Invocation by Kate Aldrich, Yosep Kang...
Jodie Devos, Kate Aldrich, Yosep Kang and Patrick Bolleire perform, with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Jesko Sirvend, le quartet "Par la main de ce fils" and Invocation, excerpts from Tobie, composed by Charles Gounod in 1854. Excerpt from the Gounod Gala recorded on 16 June 2018.
The first child of Anna and Charles Gounod died at childbirth on 13 June 1853; though it is perhaps a stretch to find a link between this painful event and the choice of a biblical subject whose opening is centered upon the loss of a child, but it is difficult not to make such an association. The work was most likely composed during the summer of 1853, and performed during the annual concert organised by Georges Hainl, conductor of the Théâtre de Lyon, on 25 April 1854.
In the city of the Primate of the Gauls, subjects of a sacred nature were then very much appreciated. Gounod came to conduct the rehearsals and the premiere of the work. Opening with sharp and bright harmonies by the woodwinds, the recitative of the Angel announces to the old Tobie that his son will restore his sight and, as he feels some distrust, Raphael insists: "When it is God who promises, can one doubt?" before launching into an air almost gallant in tone, with bouncing arabesques from the violins accompanied by the horns: "Go! Tobie, and be without fear." Tobie responds in kind, then the father, the mother, the son, and the angel gather for another reprise.
- Orchestre National de FranceOrchestra
- Benjamin BernheimPerformer
- Yosep KangPerformer
- Patrick BolleirePerformer
- Jodie DevosPerformer
- Kate AldrichPerformer