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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Cléopâtre

Anna Caterina Antonacci, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48  
I. Rêveries: Largo - Passions. Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
Hector Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
II. Un Bal (Valse). Allegro non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
III. Scène aux Champs. Adagio
Hector Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
IV. Marche au Supplice. Allegretto non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat. Larghetto - Allegro
Hector Berlioz; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
La mort de Cleopatre  
Recitative. C'en est donc fait! ma honte est assurée
Hector Berlioz; Anna Caterina Antonacci; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Meditation. Grands Pharaons, nobles Lagides
Hector Berlioz; Anna Caterina Antonacci; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin
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Total Playing Time    73:51
"Five Stars ... you'll hear things here all too routinely buried by others ... (first-rate) sound adds to this recording's lasting appeal."
- Classic FM

"... (an) expressive, operatic reading of the Fantastique ... he's not afraid of violence, noise or audience-rousing codas ...the fill-up is gorgeous enough to make purchase obligatory."
- Gramophone

"... a superlatively airy, open, yet richly resonant recording ... with a focus entirely on the text itself, not its extra-musical 'narrative' and with no whipped-up histrionics, just apt tempos and pinpoint placing of each note and accent."
- BBC Music Magazine

"Four Stars ... his Fantastique is wonderful ... the best of it is almost mind-bending in its hallucinatory vividness ... the whole thing captures the sense of self-dramatizing Romantic shamelessness that lurks behind it ... a very fine performance."
- The Guardian

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra present the masterpiece Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz in a full-blooded and luxurious performance, while at the same time respecting the work’s classical proportions. The album also features the "lyrical scene" Cléopâtre, music of the highest possible drama written by the young composer. Embodying the role of Cleopatra is electrifying soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci on one of her rare recordings.
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