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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Overtures / Previn, Bernstein, Etc


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73338   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Donald McInnes
Conductor:  Leonard BernsteinAndré Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's a real bargain: three LPs-worth of excellent Berlioz performances on two CDS, offered for the price of one! Leonard Bernstein's dramatic yet classically structured recording of the Symphonie fantastique was highly regarded when it was first issued, but outside of purchasing an import LP, American audiences have not been able to hear it in all its glory until now. Enter EMI's new ART technology, which has stripped away distortion and audio gunk to reveal a transparent recording that is quite resonant yet loaded with detail. The same can be said for the recording of Harold in Italy, which is performed with high passion by Bernstein and soloist Donald McInnes. In fact, the only performance I can peg that is more fervent would be Charles Read more Munch with William Primose and the Boston Symphony. I have always felt that Previn's ardent, exceptionally well played readings of five of the composer's overtures is highly underrated, and in this current incarnation these pieces sound about as good as any I have ever heard. Even if you have these works in other performances, this set makes for a good second opinion, especially considering the bargain price.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
2.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Donald McInnes (Viola)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
3.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
4.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
5.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
6.
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture, Op 23 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
7.
Les francs-juges, Op. 3: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; France 

Sound Samples

Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1987 Digital Remaster): I. Rêveries - Passions
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1987 Digital Remaster): II. Un bal
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1987 Digital Remaster): III. Scène aux champs
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1987 Digital Remaster): IV. Marche au supplice
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1987 Digital Remaster): V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat
Le Corsaire Op. 21 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Béatrice et Bénédict (1992 Digital Remaster): Overture
Le Carnaval romain Op. 9 (1992 Digital Remaster)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1993 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - Allegro me non troppo (Harold in the Mountains)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1993 Digital Remaster): II. Allegretto (Procession of Pilgrims)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1993 Digital Remaster): III. Allegro assai - Allegretto (Serenade)
Harold in Italy Op. 16 (1993 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro frenetico (Orgy of the Brigands)
Benvenuto Cellini (1993 Digital Remaster): Overture
Les Francs-juges - Op. 3 (1993 Digital Remaster)

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