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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Lyon National Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

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Le corsaire – Overture, Op. 21
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14  
I. Rêveries – Passions (Dreams – Passions). Largo – Allegro agitato e appassionato assai – Religiosamente
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
II. Un bal. Valse (A Ball. Waltz). Allegro non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
III. Scène aux Champs (Scene in the Country). Adagio
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
IV. Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold): Allegro non troppo
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
V. Songe d’une nuit de Sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath): Larghetto – Allegro –
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
Dies irae -
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
Ronde du sabbat -
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
Dies irae et Ronde du Sabbat (ensemble)
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
II. Un bal (Alternative version with Cornet obbligato)
Hector Berlioz; Lyon National Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:33
"Four Stars ... stylish playing in both the Symphonie fantastique and the Overture ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

"The Big News here is that this recording has excellent sound: not showy, punchy, hi-fi store demo sound, but clean, balanced, warm sound that flatters the performance."
- American Record Guide

"Four Stars ... Slatkin captures the romantic longing and ardour of the score ... this recording of Berlioz with his new orchestra is a very good one ... the recording matches Slatkin’s performance well and I find both recommendable ..."
- Audiophile Audition

"... an example how stunning a two channel stereo recording can be. No matter how many Fantastiques you have in your collection, this is one you should not be without ... may well be the most amazing performance and recording of the work I’ve ever heard."
- Fanfare

Critics worldwide raved about this performance from Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon National Orchestra of Berlioz's remarkable and immensely influential Symphonie fantastique, an autobiographical tale describing a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz added a second movement cornet obbligato in a subsequent revision of the score, included here as an alternative extra.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at the Auditorium de Lyon, France, on 31st August and 1st September, 2011
Produced and engineered by Tim Handley
Booklet notes: Keith Anderson
Cover painting: Strong Dream by Paul Klee (1879-1940)
(Private Collection, USA / Photo © Christie’s Images / The Bridgeman Art Library)

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