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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Rameau / Simon Rattle/BPO [DVD]

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Boreades
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This 1993 recording must be hailed as a document of supreme historical importance as it is the first audio-visual live recording of a concert given by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Six years later the orchestra voted by a large majority to appoint Rattle its new principal conductor and artistic director in succession to Claudio Abbado. Even at this early date Rattle was already attracting attention not only with the masterly conducting but also with his extremely interesting programming. In the present programme, for example, he combines the final work by Jean-Philippe Rameau, a composer who raised the music of the French Baroque to a level never to be surpassed, with the famous Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz, who, only twenty-six at the time of the work's composition, was soon to be acclaimed as one of the "musicians of the future".

"This is the first visual record of a live concert by Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic...He makes Rameau come alive in a way that many historically informed orchestras can only dream of...He has the full measure of [Symphonie Fantastique]; in fact, I would rank this performance alongside my very favorites of all time...I'm sure that, to some, Rattle's podium manner seems affected...But I see this as part of his natural enthusiasm for the music. If you don't like it, just close your eyes when he's onscreen. You'll still hear two magnificent performances." - Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 87 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1


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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les Boréades :: Suite
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1764
  • Studio/Live: Live