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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Leonard Slatkin [Blu-ray audio]

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21
>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Immensely influential, the remarkable Symphonie fantastique was composed while Hector Berlioz was suffering an intense and unreciprocated passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Its autobiographical tale describes a young musician's opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz wrote a second movement cornet solo into a subsequent revision of the score, here included as an optional extra. He wed his sweetheart actress but, recuperating in Nice, wrote Le corsaire after the final break-up of their marriage. Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, beginning with the 2011-2012 season. He completed his twelfth and final season as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in June 2008, and finished his threeyear commitment as Music Advisor to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in June 2009.

Audiophile Audition
The fourth movement, Marche au supplice, has enough swagger, as well as menace, to make its points. The two tubas add some wonderful, comically flatulent commentary on the proceedings. The finale, Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat, has sufficient terror and mystery about it to convince... Slatkin's performance is a very balanced one...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium de Lyon, France (08/31/2011-09/01/2011).



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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (08/31/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1846-1851

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Auditorium de Lyon, France (08/31/2011-09/01/2011)
  • Running Time: 51 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830