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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   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Léopold Simoneau; New England Conservatory Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch. RCA Red Seal 6210-2-RC [2 CDs; with Symphonie fantastique]. Reissued within RCA 60393.

Always inspired in the music of Berlioz, Munch uncorked a visionary account of the Requiem when he and the Bostonians went before the microphones in 1959. The interpretation is an impassioned one, and the playing has an edge-of-the-seat intensity that makes for sustained excitement throughout the piece. The recording, remarkably vivid for its vintage, comes with Munch’s feverish 1954 account of the Symphonie fantastique as filler. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Léopold Simoneau; New England Conservatory Chorus, Boston Symphony Orchestra/Charles Munch. RCA Red Seal 6210-2-RC [2 CDs; with Symphonie fantastique]. Reissued within RCA 60393.

Always inspired in the music of Berlioz, Munch uncorked a visionary account of the Requiem when he and the Bostonians went before the microphones in 1959. The interpretation is an impassioned one, and the playing has an edge-of-the-seat intensity that makes for sustained excitement throughout the piece. The recording, remarkably vivid for its vintage, comes with Munch’s feverish 1954 account of the Symphonie fantastique as filler. – 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:  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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