℗ 2015 Chandos

Berlioz: Harold en Italie - Rob-Roy - Rêverie et caprice

James Ehnes, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

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Intrata di Rob-Roy Macgregor
Hector Berlioz; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
Rêverie et caprice, Op. 8
Hector Berlioz; James Ehnes; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
Harold en Italie, Op. 16, H 68  
I. Harold aux Montagnes. Scènes de mélancolie, de bonheur et de joie. Adagio
Hector Berlioz; James Ehnes; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
II. Marche de pélerins chantant la prière du soir. Allegretto
Hector Berlioz; James Ehnes; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
III. Sérénade d'un montagnard des Abruzzes à sa maitresse. Allegro assai
Hector Berlioz; James Ehnes; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
IV. Orgie de brigands. Souvenirs des scènes précédentes. Allegro frenetico
Hector Berlioz; James Ehnes; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis
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Total Playing Time    63:56
"Four Stars ... distinguished by the lucid, exhilarating, smoothly contoured playing of the MSO under that experienced Berliozian Sir Andrew Davis. Ehnes is an exquisite soloist luminously backed by the orchestra ... brilliantly captures the music’s illustrative and allusive detail."
- The Telegraph

Nine-time Juno-winning Canadian musician James Ehnes is centre stage on this recording of orchestral works by Berlioz, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Ehnes plays two instruments made by Stradivarius, respectively a viola in the solo part of Harold en Italie and a violin in the solo of Rêverie et caprice. Ehnes fills big shoes here: Berlioz composed the four movement symphony Harold en Italie at the request of Paganini, who was looking for a work which would display his prowess on a fine Stradivarius viola. The programme also includes the Rob-Roy Overture which Berlioz recycled for Harold en Italie and the Rêverie et caprice, the only piece he ever wrote for solo violin.This album was recorded following an extraordinary concert in November 2014 with the same forces.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; 1 August 2014 (Intrata di Rob-Roy Mac Gregor) & 8 (live) and 10 November 2014 (other works)
Executive producer: Ralph Couzens
Recording producer: Haig Burnell
Sound engineers: Nicholas Mierisch (Intrata di Rob-Roy Mac Gregor only), Garry Havrillay, and Tim Symonds
Editor: Robert Gilmour
Mastering Ralph: Couzens
The solo viola played in this recording of Harold en Italie was made by Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona c. 1740. James Ehnes gratefully acknowledges its loan from John & Arthur Beare Ltd, London.
A & R administrator: Sue Shortridge
Front cover: The Painter’s Studio in Naples (1827) by Massimo Taparelli, Marquis d’Azeglio (1798 – 1866) / De Agostini Picture Library / F. Gallino / Bridgeman Images
Back cover: Photograph of Sir Andrew Davis © Dario Acosta Photography
Design and typesetting: Cap & Anchor Design Co.
Booklet editor: Finn S. Gundersen

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