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Classic Library - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60859   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraSan Francisco Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Michael Tilson Thomas' Symphonie fantastique remains the finest version to appear in recent memory, and its reissue at mid-price should induce any who hesitated the first time around to wait no longer. This performance has everything: superb playing, excellent pacing in the problematic slow movement, plenty of power in the March and Witches' Sabbath, and an unusual degree of truly French elegance. Through it all Thomas shapes the music with intelligence and a keen ear for color and detail that never compromises the necessary spontaneity or suppresses the music's wildness. The two Lélio extracts (Chorus of Shadows and the "Tempest" Fantasy) are equally well done and bring the playing time to more than 75
Read more minutes, making this very well recorded disc an excellent value. Even in a crowded field, this 1997 recording easily withstands comparison to any of the great versions of the past (Munch, Markevitch, Bernstein), and it sounds better than any of them. If you haven't heard this disc, then you're missing something special. [8/6/2004]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
2.
Lélio, Op. 14bis: no 2, Choeur des ombres by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831-1832; France 
Language: French 
3.
Lélio, Op. 14bis: no 6, Fantaisie sur la Tempête de Shakespeare - Miranda by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 

Sound Samples

Rêveries-Passions
Un bal
Scène aux champs
Marche au supplice
Song d'une nuit du Sabbat
Choer des ombres
Fantaisie sur la Tempête de Shakespeare

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