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Bernstein Century - Berlioz: Harold In Italy, Etc


Release Date: 02/16/1999 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 60696   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  William LincerJennie Tourel
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sony Classical's "Bernstein Century" series is easy to recognize by the Warhol-esque repetitions of Leonard Bernstein's face on the album jacket. Bernstein would have liked this mythification, but in all honesty, he deserves it. By sheer force of personality, he drew a whole new set of people into the world of classical music, and then kept them there with riveting and emotional performances of virtually every major orchestral work.
This 'Harold in Italy' recording is no exception. Bernstein brings a lushness to the Philharmonic without getting in way of William Lincer's direct, no-nonsense viola playing. Although originally written for virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, the violinist refused to play the work because it was not showy enough for
Read more him. Only since then has the work become a favorite of violists.
The cantata 'La Morte de Cléopâtre" is relatively unknown work that was not successful in Berlioz' time. However, this score is full of operatic drama, and as always for Berlioz, is brilliantly orchestrated.
These works are no Mahler symphony for Bernstein, but these are great recordings that have stood remastering well. They serve as an excellent tribute to one of the great musicians of the 20th century.
REVIEWS:
New York Times (Publisher) (7/30/00, p.30) - Typical Bernstein vigor colors two of Berlioz's finest works. William Lincer...proves an estimable soloist in "Harold," and the mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel touchingly limns a range of emotions as the Queen of the Nile..." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  William Lincer (Viola)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
Date of Recording: 10/23/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 41 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2.
La mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jennie Tourel (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; France 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1961 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

I. Harold in the Mountains
II. March of the Pilgrims
III. Serenade
IV. Orgy of the Brigands
Allegro vivace con impeto
Recitativo: "C'en est donc fait !". Moderato
Lento cantabile - "Ah ! qu'ils sont loin ces jours"
Recitativo: "Au comble des revers". Moderato
Méditation: Largo misterioso - "Grands Pharaons"
Allegro assai agitato - "Non !... non, de vos demeures"
Allegro non troppo - Recitativo misurato: "Dieux du Nil"

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