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Berlioz, arr. Lavandier: Symphonie Fantastique / Pascal, Le Balcon

Berlioz / Le Balcon / Pascal
Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 539   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Maxime Pascal
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Le Balcon, founded in 2008, is an artistic collective that has made a name for itself with highly original creations (Eötvös, Boulez, Stockhausen, etc.) combining sonic and visual innovations. In this, the very first disc made by Le Balcon and its conductor Maxime Pascal, who recently won the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, the masterpiece of Berlioz is recomposed – or decomposed – by the young composer Arthur Lavandier and recorded in 3D sound! Le Balcon takes a keen interest in technological issues related to sound reproduction, and here offers an original approach by superimposing three recording processes (transaural, binaural, 5.1), each dedicated to a specific medium: physical disc, web, video. Read more The recording was made at the Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique in Paris, in the very hall where the Symphonie fantastique was premiered in 1830. For the ‘March to the Scaffold’, Le Balcon, which has a very open-minded attitude to amateur music making, collaborated with a street band from Carcassonne, ‘Tonton à faim’! A final point worth noting: the bronze bells used in the "Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath" (300 and 600 kg) were cast specially for the recording by the Festival Berlioz at La Côte Saint-André. This is the first release in a series that inaugurates a new type of partnership initiated by Alpha, which presents highly creative musical ensembles like Le Balcon while leaving them in total control of their project from A to Z, from production through to communication. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Maxime Pascal
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Venue:  Conservatoire national supérieur d'art d 
Length: 51 Minutes 14 Secs. 

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