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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Jean-François Heisser, Marie-Josèphe Jude

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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14  
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1. Rêveries - Passions (Transcribed for Piano Duet by Jean-François Heisser)
Hector Berlioz; Jean-François Heisser; Marie-Josèphe Jude
14:42
2
2. Un bal (Transcribed for Piano Duet by Jean-François Heisser)
Hector Berlioz; Jean-François Heisser; Marie-Josèphe Jude
6:05
3
3. Scène aux champs (Transcribed for Piano Duet by Jean-François Heisser)
Hector Berlioz; Jean-François Heisser; Marie-Josèphe Jude
14:21
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4. Marche au supplice (Transcribed for Piano Duet by Jean-François Heisser)
Hector Berlioz; Jean-François Heisser; Marie-Josèphe Jude
6:40
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5. Songe d'une nuit de sabbat (Transcribed for Piano Duet by Jean-François Heisser)
Hector Berlioz; Jean-François Heisser; Marie-Josèphe Jude
10:31
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Total Playing Time    52:19
A double dose of fantastic! A composition that marked the birth of the modern symphony orchestra, it was instead through the medium of the piano that Symphonie fantastique became generally known to the public when Franz Liszt – a prime champion of the music of his friend, Hector Berlioz – made a transcription of the work for solo keyboard. The project undertaken here by Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude continues that respected tradition, but it doubles the stakes and multiplies the pleasure: the expanded sound palette offered by the two-keyboard piano constructed by Pleyel and housed at Paris's Museum of Music gives rise to unexpected colours emanating from the shared resonator box, and their fingerings (twenty fingers strong) can reproduce the minutest details of Berlioz's dazzling, ground-breaking orchestral writing. The work of a master indeed!

Doublement fantastique ! Pour une œuvre qui marque la naissance de l'orchestre moderne, c'est d'abord par le piano qu'est diffusée la Symphonie fantastique puisque Liszt en propose une transcription pour piano seul, s'agissant avant tout de militer pour la reconnaissance de son ami Berlioz. Le projet de Jean-François Heisser et de Marie-Josèphe Jude s'inscrit dans cette tradition mais il double la mise et multiplie le plaisir : l'univers sonore élargi qu'offre le double piano Pleyel du Musée de la musique fait naître des timbres inédits dans une caisse de résonance commune et touche du doigt (... des vingt doigts !) les minutieux détails d'une écriture pour orchestre des plus flamboyantes et révolutionnaires. Magistral !
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