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Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Overtures / Munch, Primrose, BSO

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16
>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict, Overture, H. 138
>Berlioz, Hector : Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21
>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23, Overture
>Berlioz, Hector : Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catacteristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9)
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Notes & Reviews:

"In the 1950s, Charles Munch was closely associated with the orchestral music of Hector Berlioz, and his masterful recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra of the composer's best known works are widely considered as classics. The 1958 traversal of the intensely dramatic Harold in Italy, featuring violist William Primrose as soloist, is one of the extraordinary performances RCA recorded in its nascent three-track technology; though it has been familiar for many years in its Living Stereo mix, it sounds even bolder, richer, and deeper in the multi-channel format. The combination of left, middle, and right channels creates a clear spatial relation between the orchestra and Primrose, and the viola's placement in the foreground gives it greater presence, particularly in the denser passages where instrument's veiled tone requires a judicious instrumental balance." -All Music



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>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16
  • Performer: William Primrose (Viola)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1834

>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict, Overture, H. 138
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1860-02/1862

>Berlioz, Hector : Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1846-1851

>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23, Overture
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Italy.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Berlioz, Hector : Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9)
  • Conductor: Charles Munch
  • Ensemble: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 01/1844