Roma Symphony (Bizet)

The Symphony in C "Roma" is the second of Georges Bizet's symphonies. Unlike his first symphony, also in C major, which was written quickly at the age of 17, Roma was written over an eleven-year span, between the ages of 22 and 33 (he died at age 36). Bizet was never fully satisfied with it, subjecting it to a number of revisions, but died before finishing his definitive version. All four movements were performed in his lifetime, but never all on the same occasion. The full symphony in its latest revision was premiered in 1875, after his death. It is perhaps because of Bizet's dissatisfaction that the work is often said to be "unfinished". However, in the form in which it exists today, it is a complete work and is fully scored. It has been recorded a number of times but is not often heard on the concert platform.

VIDEO (Audio)...Symphony 'Roma' - Andane tranquillo - Allegro agitato ma non troppo presto - Allegretto vivace - Andante molto - Allegro vivacissimo" by Cyril Diederich, Roberto Benzi, Jean-Claude Casadesus...

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