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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Munch, Boston So


Release Date: 02/07/2006 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 67899   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch. RCA Living Stereo 68979-2 [with “Love Scene” from Roméo et Juliette] Reissued on RCA 67899.

It was simply a matter of time before Munch’s feverish, go-for-broke 1954 recording of the Symphonie fantastique showed up on RCA’s “Living Stereo” CD reissue series. The stereo that lives on this disc is primitive to be sure, with noticeable tape hiss and some weird resonances from the timpani, but for character, panache, and sheer abandon the interpretation is hard to beat. The filler, 13 beautiful minutes from Roméo et Juliette, was recorded in 1961 and shows the BSO with a good deal more polish, still glowingly expressive. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 1954 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Boston MA 
Length: 46 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17: Love scene by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Date of Recording: 1961 
Length: 13 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Munch's Fantastique October 31, 2016 By owen ryan (lakewood, CA) See All My Reviews "This is one of my favorite Fantastiques, although it may not appeal to everyone. To me this is a unique and mesmerizing performance. NPR reviewer Ted Libbey wrote ''Munch's feverish go-for-broke 1954 recording [is] for character, panache, and sheer abandon [an] interpretation hard to beat.'' This was one of RCA's first stereo recordings--predating the stereo LP (vinyl record) by some seven years. While not perfect this 2006 remastering is pretty good. If this is a composition you care for and would like it in SACD format, then you better order it soon because Sony is no longer producing Living Stereo in SACD." Report Abuse
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