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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
 
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

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15:16
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6:13
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17:05
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6:47
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9:52

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Release Date: 15 May 2006
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 55:13
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  • ASIN: B005IUONQE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,623 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2010
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This is a famous recording. Munch takes all sorts of liberties with tempi, yet no-one - Bernstein included - has managed to give this extraordinary musical unity without sacrificing excitement. Given that it represents one of the most frenetic, febrile expressions of hallucinogenic, drug-induced hyper-sensitivity that the Romantic Movement affords, it would seem prosaic in the extreme to demur at Munch's agogic freedom, especially when he conjures such ravishing sounds from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He gives this pulsating music an entirely absorbing sense of purpose, yet nothing seems calculated; even the most extreme rubato or accelerando serves the underlying architectural conception.

The vividness of the sound also reveals that of accelerating vehicles in the background and every creak of the floor. While the 1954 version made with the same forces on stereo reel-to-reel tape is in some ways even more daring and propulsive, on balance this 1962 stereo re-make is marginally preferable both in terms of sound and interpretation, although I would not go to the stake defending either against the other.

The opening of the first movement is weighty, soulful and impassioned before launching into the yearning, headlong passion over Berlioz's own "Immortal Beloved". Here, more than any where else, Munch plays fast and loose with the beat but it works. In the second movement, "Un bal", the waltz time is a little more measured than in the 1954 recording but if anything even more charged with erotic intensity. The "Scène au champs" avoids the longueurs which lesser conductors engender, and the exquisite tuning of the Boston strings makes magic as that glorious bucolic theme, so reminiscent of Beethoven's "Pastoral", blooms expansively.
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