Véronique Gens - Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer & Symphonie, Op. 20 - The Observer

The composer’s only symphony, in B flat, opens in bright, soaring mood, with a yearning slow movement and an “animé” finale that pulls all the work’s ideas together. Perhaps it doesn’t quite cut it as a masterpiece, but the Lille players and Bloch make a fluent, idiomatic case. The presence of Gens in the gorgeous Poème is the real draw here.

The Observer
31 March 2019