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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Markevitch, Lamoureux Orch


Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 447406   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector BerliozLuigi CherubiniDaniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

All great works offer a range of interpretive possibilities, and if you already own Munch’s hallucinatory early 60s (second) RCA recording, then you need this one too, if only for contrast. Markevitch’s more “classical” vision is no less true to the work’s stylistic pedigree, and scarcely less exciting than Munch’s. His chiseled rhythms and shapely phrasing of the Idée fixe in the opening movement, the light and lilting rhythms in the second movement Ball, and the high kick in the March to the Scaffold are all wholly idiomatic, as are the rustic, nasal timbres of the solo winds in the Adagio.

Of course it helps to have the true French sound of the Lamoureux Orchestra on hand, especially in the finale. At a more
Read more measured tempo than many other versions (certainly Munch’s), Markevitch realizes the music’s spooky atmospherics through special attention to timbre and texture. He (and the orchestra) are also masters of the almost lost art of playing really loudly without sacrificing clarity. The combination of the Dies irae on the brass with the Witches’ Sabbath theme on the violins is positively vicious, but also perfectly balanced (sound clip). In sum, if you love this work then this is a must-hear recording.

The two overtures make brilliant couplings, since both come from contemporaries of Berlioz and so make a unified but still nicely contrasted program. Markevitch’s performances are all of a piece with the Symphonie: sharp, clear, elegant, and utterly musical. DG’s early sixties sonics are bright and tactile. A great, great disc.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1961 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
Length: 52 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Anacréon: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1961 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
La muette de Portici: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1961 
Venue:  Salle de la Mutualité, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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