Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet Boston Symphony Orchestra & Charles Munch
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- Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): Symphonie fantastique, Op.14:
- 1I. Reveries: Passions13:23
- 2II. A Ball06:12
- 3III. Scene in the Country13:56
- 4IV. March to the Scaffold04:30
- 5V. Dream of the Witches' Sabbath08:39
- Romeo et Juliette (Dramatic Symphony), OP.17:
- 6Part II - Love Scene13:20
Info for Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Love Scene from Romeo & Juliet
His overwhelming natural affinity for French music made Charles Munch an ideal conductor for Berlioz' swirling tour de force Symphonie Fantastique. Perfectly capturing the drama, romance, and philosophical angst in which this masterpiece is marinated. Munch takes the Boston Symphony Orchestra on an epic journey of proportions only possible in the human heart and mind. A classic reborn in vivid Living Stereo.
„It was simply a matter of time before Munch’s feverish, go-for-broke 1954 recording of the Symphonie fantastique showed up on RCA’s “Living Stereo” CD reissue series. The stereo that lives on this recording is primitive to be sure, with noticeable tape hiss and some weird resonances from the timpani, but for character, panache, and sheer abandon the interpretation is hard to beat. The filler, 13 beautiful minutes from Roméo et Juliette, was recorded in 1961 and shows the BSO with a good deal more polish, still glowingly expressive.“ (Ted Libbey, The NPR Guide)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, conductor
Recorded in November 14, 15, 1954 (Symphonie Fantastique), April 23, 24, 1961 (Romeo et Juliette) at at Symphony Hall, Boston
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