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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

When one visits the tomb of Berlioz at the Montmartre Cemetery in Paris, the first thing one notices is the massive monument that was put there by the English. This seems less surprising the more one considers how staunchly English musicians have championed the composer’s music over the years.

Sir Colin Davis’s 1974 account of the Symphonie fantastique with the Concertgebouw Orchestra has ranked among the best since the day it was made: refined, sensitive, full of passionate reverie, it is a high-voltage performance that never seems overdriven. Avoiding the tendency of many conductors to treat the work in episodic terms, Davis presides over a reading that is sustained by a firm sense of structure and argument. He elicits fine
Read more playing from the Dutch orchestra, whose combination of chamber-like delicacy in the strings, characterful work in the winds, and brilliant brass is virtually ideal. The recording is superb – textures emerge clearly in a spacious setting, with good perspective.

– Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection Read less

Works on This Recording

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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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