Notes & Reviews:
Seiji Ozawa was just at the start of his nearly thirty-year tenure as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1973 when Deutsche Grammophon captured the young conductor's fresh take on Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14, in multi-channel sound. New developments in audio playback technology (specifically the multi-channel SACD) since then now allow for hearing this spectacularly orchestrated work as all involved in its recording conceived it to be heard thanks to Pentatone's labor of love in re-mastering and re-releasing this recording to market.
American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The opening of Symphonie Fantastique is unusually slow and we are given an elegant first movement with an attractive Gallic reserve. On the plus side, the oboe is effectively distant, and the purity of the violin tone is striking. All this makes for a movement that is beautiful and also dreamlike. The clearly presented march (no repeat) is fast and brisk, with fresh, clipped rhythms. The brass is clean, tight, and idiomatic; and the drums are terrific and expressive. V follows suit with well-etched textures and structure. The bells are strong, even stern. The tubas intone with real menace, and the trombone response is more of a march than the usual chant. The effect is stern and menacing. The rest of the performance remains quick, tight, and exciting.
Recording information: Boston Symphony Hall, USA (02/1973).
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Works DetailsBerlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
- Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
- Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 47 min. 11 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 04/1830