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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Herminie / Minkowski, Et Al


Release Date: 02/10/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 474209   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Aurélia Legay
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber OrchestraLes Musiciens du Louvre members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 31 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A characterful Symphonie fantastique and a dramatic reading of Herminie that draws the ear to moments which prefigure Les troyens.

Recorded live, this characterful version of the Symphonie fantastique breaks new ground in bringing together the talented performers of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, using modern instruments, and wind-players from Marc Minkowski’s period orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Not that I would have noticed; there is no discrepancy between the two groups, and Minkowski, period specialist though he is, takes an unashamedly romantic view of Berlioz, generally preferring spacious speeds, strikingly different from Gardiner or Norrington in their period performances.

The dynamics of a
Read more live occasion have their own part to play, especially in the excitement of the final ‘Witches’ Sabbath’. Some listeners will find themselves jumping up to change volume levels, such is the dynamic range of DG’s all-embracing recording.

Aurélia Legay’s dramatic reading of Herminie makes an apt coupling: Berlioz uses the theme which later became the idée fixe of the symphony at key points in Herminie, including the work’s opening and its gentle close. It says much for both Legay’s warm, focused soprano and for Minkowski’s direction that the ear is drawn to moments which prefigure his supreme achievement, Les troyens.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [10/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Live  Grand Hall, Cité de la musique, Paris 
Length: 57 Minutes 45 Secs. 
2. Herminie by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Aurélia Legay (Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Date of Recording: 12/2002 
Venue:  Live  Grand Hall, Cité de la musique, Paris 
Length: 23 Minutes 4 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)
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 1. Récit: "Quel trouble te poursuit"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 2. Air: "Ah! Si de la tendresse"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 3. Récit: "Que dis-je?"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 4. Air: "Arrête! Arrête! Cher Tancréde
Herminie - Scène lyrique: "Que Clorinde est heureuse!"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 5. Air: "Venez, venez, terribles armes!"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: 6. Prière: "Dieu des chrétiens!"
Herminie - Scène lyrique: "Venez, venez, terribles armes!"

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