Godard - Predictable Romance?,
This review is from: Godard: Violin Concerto 2, Concerto Romantique, Scenes Poetiques (Audio CD)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I'd never heard of Benjamin Godard before (and he didn't warrant an entry in my 'Rough Guide to Classical Music'), but I'm attempting to cultivate a taste in lesser-known composers and so thought I would give this CD a try.
First, I should say (as has been said numerous times before) that the recording is quite excellent and Chloe Hanslip, the violin soloist, plays extroadinarily well (as do the Slovak State Philharmonic). At just 20 years old she is surely a musician to watch out for.
As for the music itself? Well, I think it's a mixed bag. The first piece, Concerto No 2 for Violin and Orchestra, begins very well (the Allegro moderato is particularly lovely) and, although there are a few overly-familiar refrains, carries itself to the end quite nicely. But the latter two concertos - the Romantique and Scenes Poetiques - lack the verve of a central theme and feel over-familiar. Dare I say they're a little schmaltzy, more reminiscent of a directionless Disney soundtrack than of Schumann or Mendelssohn. It's not difficult to imagine why it has dropped out of the repetoire; Godard just sounds mediocre in comparison with his more famous contemporaries.
Saying that, the music is very accessible, easy listening and I'm glad to have Concerto No 2 at least in my collection.