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Berlioz: Overtures / Sir Colin Davis, Staatskapelle Dresden


Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68790   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Colin Davis made his mark as a Berlioz specialist in the 1960s, when he directed an impressive series of recordings that comprised the complete works. Since then he has revisited much of the material for a second or even third time, returning here with a new label and a new orchestra for another pass at the overtures. The orchestra is the redoubtable Dresden Staatskapelle, not a band one associates with this composer, but a wonderfully flexible instrument, fully capable of inflecting this music with all the native character one could wish for.
Davis's approach to Berlioz is well known, elegantly balanced, classical in its reserve, but not lacking in rhythmic vitality either. He lets the music have its head without losing his. The
Read more disc is well filled with favorites such as 'Roman Carnival' and utter rarities such as 'Waverly,' Berlioz's first published work, and the delightful 'Les francs juges,' which was actually written even earlier, but clearly shows the kind of imaginative mastery one associates with the creator of the 'Symphonie fantastique.' Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Les francs-juges, Op. 3: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Waverley Overture, Op. 1 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7.
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture, Op 23 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1997 
Venue:  Lukas Church, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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