Notes & Reviews:
"Davis uses the warmth and softness of the Vienna Philharmonic to make the most of this aspect of the music, where the acuter definitions of a French or an English orchestra might suggest a different approach. It is extremely intelligent conducting. As before, Davis has the instinct for Berlioz's long, irregular melodic lines, for the unpredictable harmonic tinge that confers poignancy or tension, for the rhythmic swerves, for the abrupt dramatic contrasts that can move the music in a startling direction." Gramophone Magazine, October 1996
That's the only - and very mild - caveat, however. Roméo et Juliette is one of Berlioz's greatest works and if you haven't got a recording of it in your collection, you really can't do better than this superbly played, recorded and interpreted version.
Personnel: Olga Borodina (mezzo soprano); Thomas Moser (tenor); Alastair Miles (bass voice).
Recording information: Groáer Saal, Musikverein, Vienna (06/1993).
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Works DetailsBerlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17
- Conductor: Colin Davis
- Running Time: 36 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 09/1839