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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Release Date: 01/24/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 85182   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraBeecham Choral Society
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

French National Radio & Television Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham. Angel CDC 47863 [with Overture Le Corsaire; “Royal Hunt and Storm” from Les Troyens] Reissued on Warner Classics 85182.

Sir Thomas Beecham got inside French music like no Frenchmen of his day, with the possible exception of Pierre Monteux and Paul Paray. His performance of the Fantastique with the ORTF is a splendid one, full of nuance, rhythmic interest, and color, and truly magical in its evocative power. The only drawback is the recording, which sounds thin in places (especially the violins) and presents a fairly narrow image of the stage. The disc is well filled, with a stirring performance of the “Royal Hunt and Storm” and a Corsair Overture that sounds
Read more like it was recorded yesterday; the latter is an absolute triumph, wonderfully played by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recording dates are not given, but the symphony was recorded in 1956, the overture in 1961. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
2.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
3.
Les troyens: Trojan March by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
4.
Les troyens: Royal hunt and storm by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 

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