Berlioz: Harold en Italie
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Berlioz: Harold en Italie

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
5 April 2005

£7.49 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Harold en Italie, Op. 16: I. Harold Aux Montagnes. Scenes de melancolie, de bonheur et de joie
Harold en Italie, Op. 16: II. Marche des pélerins chantant la priere du soir
Harold en Italie, Op. 16: III. Sérénade d'un montagnard des abruzzes a sa maitresse
Harold en Italie, Op. 16: IV. Orgie de brigands. Souvenirs des scenes precedentes
Les Troyens: Act IV, No. 32 - Marche pour l'entree de la reine
Les Troyens: Act IV, No. 33a - Pas des almees ballet
Les Troyens: Act IV, No. 33b - Danse des esclaves ballet
Les Troyens: Act IV, No. 33c - Pas d'esclaves Nubiennes

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2003
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: 2003 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 52:12
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001HAA304
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,208 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Dad 3 Mar 2012
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I bought this album for my Dad. Its a piece of music he has loved all his life. When I was a child he made up words to the march of the pilgrims and just a few weeks ago we remembered and sang them together which is what inspired me to get him the CD ( he had a vinyl but no longer has a record player )Now in his 87th year he can turn up the volume, lie on the floor and conduct this beautiful music once again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic gem 19 Dec 2007
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It was the great showman-virtuoso Nicolo Paganini who commissioned Berlioz to write a viola concerto in order to show off the qualities of his latest acquisition - a Strad, of course. Paganini, so the story goes, had been so impressed by literature-loving Berlioz on hearing his Symphonie Fantastique that he approached him there and then and suggested the commission. But despite Harold in Italy being a viola concerto in all but name, Paganini expressed disappointment over the first movement. Doubtless, it was too subtle and idiosyncratic a work for his flamboyant, extrovert style. Like Hamlet, the viola is a protagonist, but not one that's constantly in the limelight.

At times, Tabea Zimmermann has elements of Paganini about her playing. Without any histrionics, she manages to produce a wide range of timbres - notably, a raw, icy sound in the second movement (Marche des pelerins) created by bowing on the bridge. At other points, she shows a subtlety and sensitivity to those around her that are well suited to a piece that is more a dramatic dialogue than a vehicle for pyrotechnical display. This work is, of course, one of the giants of the viola repertoire, and Zimmermann one of the giants of contemporary viola players. Luckily, the fact that it is a 'live' recording doesn't mean that there are coughs and splutters to add authenticity and annoyance. In fact, there's no trace of an audience anywhere, and one asks what the benefits of such such live recordings might be in the first place, other than allowing us to gauge the real, as opposed to engineered, quality of the performers.

And another question. Why does Zimmermann play with such lavish vibrato?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Journey through Italy 25 May 2013
By Marcolorenzo TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A poetic journey through Italy on the lyricism of the viola. You can almost see the lakes and mountains, the dances in the piazze. Overall the performance is, although not exceptional at all levels at the 5 star level, it is so for the total overall effect it creates of creating musical illusions of a journey through the moods and locations of Italy following Byron's poem "Harold in Italy".
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