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Complete Collections - Munch Conducts Berlioz


Release Date: 11/23/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60393   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Giorgio TozziRosalind EliasCesare VallettiLéopold Simoneau,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory ChorusHarvard Glee Club,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Imported from : European Union   
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set is self-recommending. The names of Charles Munch and Hector Berlioz evoke the same respect and admiration as Bernstein/Mahler, Beecham/Delius, or Kempe/Strauss, and with good reason. For many years virtually any of these performances could be listed as a prime recommendation, even in a sometimes very crowded field, and the only point worth mentioning in connection with the latest reissue is the fact that RCA finally has gotten it right and included all of Munch's Boston Berlioz recordings. This means that, unlike the previous box, this one includes the stereo Roméo et Juliette (plus the first, mono one) as well as the second (and finer) Symphonie fantastique from 1962. As a bonus, RCA also has tossed in a second (or should I say Read more first) 1949 Béatrice et Bénédict Overture. The performances are too well known for me to have to go into detail here: they are interpretations that no self-respecting record collector should be without. Most were sonically remarkable in their day, and they still sound extraordinarily fine. A truly classic set, if ever there were one.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1962 
Notes: 11/14/1954 - 11/15/1954 
2.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano), Cesare Valletti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
Language: French 
Notes: 04/23/1961 - 04/24/1961 
3.
Grande messe des morts, Op. 5 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Léopold Simoneau (Tenor)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
Language: Latin 
Notes: 04/26/1959 - 04/27/1959 
4.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  William Primrose (Viola)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
Date of Recording: 03/31/1958 
5.
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Lucien Olivier (Baritone), Cesare Valletti (Tenor), Dorothy A. Dwyer (Flute),
Bernard Zighera (Harp), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Gérard Souzay (Baritone),
Florence Kopleff (Alto), James Pappoutsakis (Flute)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850-1854; France 
Language: French 
Notes: 12/23/1956 - 12/24/1956 
6.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 
Language: French 
Notes: 04/12/1955 - 04/13/1955 
7.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
8.
Les troyens: Royal hunt and storm by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856-1858; France 
Date of Recording: 04/06/1959 
9.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  McHenry Boatwright (Bass), Joseph de Pasquale (Viola), Louis Speyer (English Horn),
Martial Singher (Baritone), David Poleri (Tenor), Suzanne Danco (Soprano),
Donald Gramm (Bass)
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Harvard Glee Club,  Radcliffe Choral Society
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
Language: French 
Notes: 02/21/1954 - 02/22/1954 
10.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
Date of Recording: 1958 
11.
Le corsaire Overture, Op. 21 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; France 
Date of Recording: 12/01/1958 
12.
Benvenuto Cellini: Overture, Op 23 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Charles Munch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834-1837; France 
Date of Recording: 1949 

Sound Samples

Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du prince (Tumult and Strife; The Prince intervenes)
D'anciennes haines endormies
Premiers transports que nul n'oublie,
Bientôt de Roméo la pâle rêverie
Roméo seul (Romeo alone)
Tristesse (Sadness/Traurigkeit)
Bruits lointains de concert et de bal (Distant sounds of music and dancing)
Grande fête chez les Capulets (Great festivities at the Capulet's palace),
Nuit sereine (Starlit night)
Scène d'amour (Love scene)
Scherzo: La reine Mab (Queen Mab scherzo),
Convoi funèbre de Juliette (Funeral March for Juliet)
Roméo au tombeau des Capulets (Romeo at the tomb of the Capulets)
Invocation
Réveil de Juliette (Juliet's awakening)
Mort des deux amants
Quoi! Roméo de retour!
Je vais dévoiler le mystère
Pauvres enfants que je pleure
Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole
Villanelle
Le spectre de la rose
Sur les lagunes
L'absence
Au cimetière (Clair de lune)
L'ile inconnue
Les troyens: Chase royale et orage/Royal Hunt and Storm

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