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Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique

> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro -
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - V. Dies irae -
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - V. Ronde du sabbat (Witches' Round Dance) -
> Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - V. Dies irae et Ronde du Sabbat ensemble
> Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4 - Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
>Berlioz, Hector : King Lear Overture, Op. 4
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"Of course, the novel aspects of Berlioz's orchestration come off best in live performance, but the next best thing is this hybrid super-audio CD from PentaTone that captures Symphonie fantastique in all its hallucinatory strangeness and vividness. Marek Janowski and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present the symphony and the King Lear Overture with exquisite polish, and the marvelous audio production practically gets inside the ensemble and allows each part to have its distinctive - and sometimes disturbing - place in the mix... Beyond the fabulous sound, this is also an incredibly gripping interpretation... Indeed, the music is as hot-headed and deranged as the composer intended... so riveting is this live performance for its high energy and seemingly endless array of skillfully crafted sounds. Highly recommended." - All Music Guide

"It's wonderful, as is a finale that, like the first movement, hangs together splendidly and rises to a thrilling climax without missing a single burp, screech, or nasty belch... Superb sound in all formats, regular stereo and multichannel, completes this marvelous package." -ClassicsToday (10/10)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh (10/2009-11/2009).


A Fantastic Symphony
Oh my, I am still afloat after listening to this new recording. I have been on the lookout for an SACD recording of the Symphonie Fantastique and was hopeful that this would be the one that would present the piece in its full splendor. It has exceeded my fondest hopes. The performance is excellent;the recording is among the best I have heard of any music. It is close miked, placing you in the vacinity of the conductor's podium. As a result, the most subtle nuances are reproduced with sometimes startling clarity. While some may find this unrealistic, it is exactly the kind of music presentation that I admire. I heartily recommend this one.
Submitted on 09/14/10 by Charlesaharper 
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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Running Time: 41 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Berlioz, Hector : King Lear Overture, Op. 4
  • Conductor: Marek Janowski
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/1831.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1831
  • Studio/Live: Live