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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Berlioz, Hector : Cléopâtre, scène lyrique, H 36
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
One hears that what Nézet-Séguin offers (aided by a superlatively airy, open, yet richly resonant recording) is the orchestral equivalent of a Peter Hall staging - with a focus entirely on the text itself, not its extra-musical 'narrative', and with no whipped-up histrionics, just apt tempos and pinpoint placing of each note and accent.

The Guardian
His Fantastique is wonderful...the best of it is almost mind-bending in its hallucinatory vividness - the last two movements have rarely sounded more weird - and the whole thing captures the sense of self-dramatising Romantic shamelessness that lurks behind it. Ultimately, then, a very fine performance.

Gramophone Magazine
An expressive, operatic reading of the Fantastique...He's not afraid of violence, noise or audience-rousing codas - try the end of the first movement or the sweep of the ball...The fill-up is gorgeous enough to make purchase obligatory.

Classic FM Magazine
You'll hear things here all too routinely buried by others. Anna Caterina Antonacci's vocal heft and dramatic instincts help unlock the anguish of Cléopâtre in the symphony's ideal companion piece....First-rate surround sound adds to this recording's lasting appeal.

The Telegraph
This a strong, clean-cut performance of the Symphonie fantastique...blessed with lucid playing that mirrors the translucency of Berlioz's scoring. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with rhythmic punch and, in the Scène aux champs, has the measure of the rustic tranquillity...Antonacci sings with thrilling intensity.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Music Centre for Dutch Radio & Television, Studio MCO5 (03/2010).



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>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Running Time: 54 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830

>Berlioz, Hector : Cléopâtre, scène lyrique, H 36 :: 1.
  • Performer: Anna Antonacci
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Composition written: 07/1829.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1829

>Berlioz, Hector : Cléopâtre, scène lyrique, H 36 :: 2. Méditation
  • Performer: Anna Antonacci
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Composition written: 07/1829.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1829