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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Mackerras, RPO


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique. Le carnaval romain ouverture Charles Mackerras, cond; Royal PO ROYAL PHILHARMONIC 28310 (62:20)

When this program turned up a decade ago (Intersound 2831, Fanfare 22: 5), Christopher Abbot gave a blow-by-blow description of the Fantastique performance to conclude, “Mackerras’s conception is similar to fellow countryman Sir Colin Davis’s—not extreme but never bland . . . . In fact, I Read more would recommend this over most other versions and place it in the distinguished company of Davis (all three Philips), Gardiner (Philips), and Thomas (RCA).” An eminently recommendable performance.

FANFARE: Adrian Corleonis

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...Mackerras and the RPO at CTS Studios, Wembley, may not be so detailed, rhythmically exact or disciplined, but overall their view of this watershed symphony is freer, more flowing and less fussy, there’s more adrenalin. Spiritually and stylistically they get to its heart – witness the infectious grace of the ‘Ball’ and the magical cor anglais and offstage oboe dialogue of ‘Scene in the Country’. Like Davis and Abbado, Mackerras (a committed structuralist) observes the repeats of the first and fourth movements. He also (in the Klemperer tradition) favours the obbligato cornet part of the second.

-- Ates Orga, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
2. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 

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