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
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
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Works on This Recording
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Sir Colin Davis
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Written: 1830; France
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