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BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / Le corsaire (Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin)

Composer(s):Berlioz, Hector
Artist(s) Slatkin, Leonard, Conductor • Lyon National Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572886
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
CD
USD 9.99
 

 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Immensely influential, the remarkable Symphonie fantastique was composed while Hector Berlioz was suffering an intense and unreciprocated passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Its autobiographical tale describes a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz wrote a second movement cornet solo into a subsequent revision of the score, here included as an optional extra. He wed his sweetheart actress but, recuperating in Nice, wrote Le corsaire after the final break-up of their marriage.


   




Review By François Laurent,Diapason,


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Review By Jerry Dubins,Fanfare,March 2013

…this may well be the most amazing performance and recording of the work I’ve ever heard.

What strikes me as special about Slatkin’s reading is the way in which he brings to the fore details of Berlioz’s orchestration that are clearly written in the score but which are usually felt rather than distinctly heard amidst the general proceedings.

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Review By Jerry Dubins,Fanfare,March 2013

…this may well be the most amazing performance and recording of the work I’ve ever heard.

What strikes me as special about Slatkin’s reading is the way in which he brings to the fore details of Berlioz’s orchestration that are clearly written in the score but which are usually felt rather than distinctly heard amidst the general proceedings.

more....


Review By John Whitmore,MusicWeb International,January 2013

…anyone buying this CD will be buying it for the Symphonie Fantastique. This is a natural, sophisticated, glowing performance captured in the finest sound I’ve ever heard given to the work. It’s one of the best versions now available and at bargain price it must not be overlooked. I struggle to think of a version that offers better playing. An absolute winner. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Review By John Whitmore,MusicWeb International,January 2013

…anyone buying this CD will be buying it for the Symphonie Fantastique. This is a natural, sophisticated, glowing performance captured in the finest sound I’ve ever heard given to the work. It’s one of the best versions now available and at bargain price it must not be overlooked. I struggle to think of a version that offers better playing. An absolute winner. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

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Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

more....


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

more....


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

more....


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

more....


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,September 2012

The second movement describes a ball in which the young man catches a glimpse of his beloved…the conductor ensures the music itself sweeps and swirls in an appropriately questioning, probing manner.

Next, we come to the scene in the country, a slow Adagio…the music shifts into a left sudden turn, which Slatkin negotiates smoothly…

Then we come to the final two movements that audiophiles so adore because they burst over with so much busy, vigorous energy.

Besides the alternative cornet movement, the coupling on the disc is Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsaire. Here…Slatkin’s reading sounds admirably restrained and unaffected, with a dashing élan.

more....


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