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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Boulez, Cleveland

Release Date: 08/12/1997 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453432   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland OrchestraCleveland Orchestra Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc received a 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Orchestral Performance" and was also nominated for the Award for "Best Classical Album."
Hector Berlioz' 'Symphonie fantastique' is one of the most popular and enduring works of the Romantic symphonic repertoire, but although it is often held up as a perfect example of musical Romanticism, it has strong Classical elements. The forms are extensions of those of the 18th-century symphony, and Berlioz stays close to the Classical principles of harmonic and formal balance. Pierre Boulez achieves with this recording what is perhaps the perfect balance between the work's Classicism and its Romanticism.
Boulez leads the Cleveland Orchestra in a performance which highlights the
Read more mostly-traditional symphonic structure without sacrificing Berlioz' stretching of that structure to suit his undeniably Romantic program. Cleveland's players follow the conductor every step of the way--they dance, they dream, they feel lonely out in the country, they march to the scaffold. This is a blazing performance, not with program triumphing over form (as some would lead it) but with the two conjoined to form a single unit.
The much less familiar 'Tristia' completes the disc. The three movements were unrelated in their original forms, but Berlioz brought them together in 1848. They are sung here to great effect by the Cleveland Orchestra's chorus. Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 52 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Tristia, Op. 18 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831/1848; France 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 19 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)
Tristia, Op.18: 1. Méditation religieuse
Tristia, Op.18: 2. La mort d'Ophélie. Ballade
Tristia, Op.18: 3. Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d'Hamlet

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