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  • Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Signum Classics
  • ASIN: B003ARIA7K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 - Philharmonia Orchestra
2. Overture Leonore No. 2, Op. 72b - Philharmonia Orchestra

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SIGN 193; SIGNUM RECORDS - Inghilterra; Classica Orchestrale

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2010
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Hooray! No " authentic" instruments and leaden tempi, no f*rting Ophecleids to annoy the listener, no cornets interfering with the waltz, no repeats in the march to the execution-Berlioz as it used to be! Hair-raising swift tempi in the last 2 movements,thank goodness, brilliant playing from the Philharmonia for whom no supelatives are excessive, superb recording in the new RFH acoustics-WOW-I was really surprised-, WONDERFULLY expressive conducting from Salonen-this will really upset the "authentic" thought-police I'm delighted to say. For anyone else, this recording and performance will prove to be a real joy! Superb big-band Beethoven Leonora 2 fill up. I loved it-8 stars! Great price on amazon too. This took me back to the 60's and early 70's when there were still great individual conductors performing who were more concerned with delivering great exciting performances than trying to convince us that it sounded better played on a hurdy gurdy, 2 washboards and a crumhorn at half the tempo because this was "awfentick." If I'm being a bit facetious, it's to emphasise a serious point-you don't need to add whistles and bells to a stalwart of the repertoire like the Symphonie-great conducting from an inspired conductor, and brilliant playing are all that's needed to make the work new and exciting again-and that's what we get here!
Welcome back to great music making!!! Totally and utterly recommended except to pedants! Stewart Crowe.
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*** 1/2 A cool, low-key Fantastique played with beauty and elegance 25 Oct. 2010
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The experience of hearing Salonen with the Philharmonia and also hearing his Berlioz (in Los Angeles) didn't leave high expectations for this CD. He is a cool, detached conductor in music that requires warmth and commitment, which is why Bernstein's three versions of the Symphonie fantastique are so successful, especially the first with the NY Phil. on Sony. The opening movement of Salonen's new account alerts the listener to some good news: the orchestra plays with world-class polish; there is precision, a natural flow, and forward motion; and the recorded sound in concert is first rate. But is there passion? Not that I can hear. This is low-key Berlioz to counterbalance the overly romantic view of him -- except that among all composers, Berlioz is the one that you can't possibly be overly romantic with. The ecstasy and madness implied in Symhonie fantastique are the quintessence of romanticism. Unless I'm mistaken, the string playing seems to be with reduced or no vibrato, which makes the reading even cooler.

Some listeners will appreciate dispassionate Berlioz, I suppose, calling it more classical. The elegant execution in Un bal, the pristine oboe and English horn duets in the Scene aux champs (a true Adagio tempo extending this movement to 17 min.), and a ride to the scaffold with no bumps or terrors along the way will suit such listeners. I don't mean to imply that Salonen isn't skillful throughout; he gets exactly what he wants, as Boulez does in his DG account, which is just as aloof and even a bit slack. We are far from the amateurishness of Norrington and Gardiner in this score, so anyone wanting a neo-HIP approach may find this one a good candidate despite the modern instruments. The bells in the witches' sabbath are mild tubular kind, nothing special. They won't raise the dead, and anyway, these witches wouldn't disturb the, either.

The filler is quite odd: Beethoven's Leonore Overture no. 2. Salonen hasn't paid attention to Beethoven on disc -- he's resolutely avoided the Viennese classics -- but there have been some examples in DG's lie concert series. My impression is of somebody holding his nose until the ordeal is over, but in fact this is a vigorous performance by present-day standards, with minimal lapses into reticence. Once again, orchestral playing and sound are first rate.
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