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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Colin Davis, Concertgebouw

Release Date: 07/04/2006 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000701202   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Davis's Berlioz remakes tended to be a bit flatfooted, primly punctilious, cautious. For instance, his initial brilliant LP takes on Béatrice et Benedict and L'Enfance du Christ (for L'Oiseau Lyre) set benchmarks that those works in his acclaimed Berlioz cycle, for all their verve, failed to match. But his accounts of the Fantastique have been ever more adventurous, albeit within the same template, beginning with an exemplarily balanced 1966 go with the LSO. This silkier, snarlier, more poetic, more grotesque 1974 performance with the Concertgebouw, whose considerable pizzazz has been gutsily rejuvenated by 24/96 technology, proves more mercurial, atmospheric, and expressively dimpled than either the earlier take or the even more Read more massive sonic-spectacular treatment Sir Colin visited upon the work with the Vienna Philharmonic (Philips 432 151-2, 15:6). Of the three, this is—if marginally—the standout. All are fine, and comparisons are interesting. This one is recommended.

-- Adrian Corleonis, FANFARE [9/20001]
reviewing this recording previously reissued as Philips 464692
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Works on This Recording

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 

Sound Samples

Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)

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