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Ultimate Berlioz [Box set]

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Listen  1. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 1. Rêveries. Passions (Largo - Allegro agitato ed appassionato assai)New York Philharmonic Orchestra13:59£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 6:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 3. Scène aux champs (Adagio)New York Philharmonic Orchestra14:58£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 4. Marche au supplice (Allegretto non troppo)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14 - 5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Larghetto - Allegro - Ronde du Sabbat: Poco meno mosso)New York Philharmonic Orchestra 9:32£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 1. Harold aux montagnes (Adagio - Allegro)Nobuko Imai15:08£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 2. Marche des Pèlerins (Allegretto)Nobuko Imai 8:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 3. Sérénade (Allegro assai - Allegretto)Nobuko Imai 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 4. Orgie de brigands (Allegro frenetico - Adagio - Allegro, Tempo I)Nobuko Imai11:45£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlioz: Tristia, Op.18 - 1. Méditation religieuseLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berlioz: Tristia, Op.18 - 2. La mort d'Ophélie. BalladeLondon Symphony Orchestra 7:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berlioz: Tristia, Op.18 - 3. Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d'HamletLondon Symphony Orchestra 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Berlioz: Les Troyens / Act 3 - Prélude - Les Troyens à CarthageLondon Symphony Orchestra 5:50£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Listen  1. Berlioz: Overture "Le Carnaval Romain", Op.9Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini - OuvertureOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berlioz: Overture "Waverley", Op.1Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 9:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berlioz: Overture "Béatrice et Bénedict"Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlioz: Overture "Le Roi Lear", Op.4Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal13:33£1.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berlioz: Overture "Les Francs-Juges", Op.3Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal11:36£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berlioz: Les Troyens / Act 3 - Prélude - Les Troyens à CarthageOrchestre Symphonique de Montréal 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Berlioz: Overture "Le Corsaire", Op.21Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:08£1.09  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 1. Requiem - KyrieThe Cleveland Orchestra11:12£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 2. Dies irae - Tuba mirumThe Cleveland Orchestra12:04£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 3. Quid sum miserThe Cleveland Orchestra 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 4. Rex tremendaeThe Cleveland Orchestra 5:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 5. Quaerens meThe Cleveland Orchestra 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 6. LacrymosaThe Cleveland Orchestra11:34£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 7. Domine Jesu ChristeThe Cleveland Orchestra10:33£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 8. HostiasThe Cleveland Orchestra 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 9. SanctusThe Cleveland Orchestra10:19£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Berlioz: Requiem, Op.5 (Grande Messe des Morts) - 10. Agnus DeiThe Cleveland Orchestra10:54£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Berlioz: Tantum ErgoHazel Holt 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Berlioz: Veni CreatorHazel Holt 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Berlioz: Le Temple Universel, Op.28Ryland Davies 7:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Berlioz: Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op.15 - 1. Marche funèbre (Moderato un poco lento)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal17:54£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Berlioz: Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op.15 - 2. Oraison funèbre (Adagio non tanto - Andantino un poco lento e sostenuto)Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Berlioz: Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op.15 - 3. Apothéose (Allegro non troppo e pomposo)Choeur de l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 8:30£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice box set, but not "essential" in all aspects 17 Sep 2009
By Samuel Stephens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First the contents: this set includes Zubin Mehta's Symphonie fantastique with the NYPO, Sir Colin Davis' Harold in Italy with Nobuko Imai and the LSO (originally on Philips), Lorin Maazel's Requiem, Davis' Tristia (from same Philips rec. as Harold), Charles Dutoit's rednderings of eight overtures, and his magnificent reading of the Symphonie funebre et triompahle with the Orch. Sym. de Montreal. The rest are tidbits: Norrington conducting some very rare Berlioz choral works, such as "Le Temple Universel" and "Tantum ergo." There's even two performances of the Prelude to Les Troyens a Carthage (Dutoit for one, Davis for the other).

So, it's not exactly "the essential masterpieces" as the box says. I could write a whole 'nother review of what they could have left off, and how they could have better-presented the works. To make just one suggestion: rather than have a CD devoted to overtures, why not spread the most famous ones out and pair them with i.e. the Sym. Fan., or Harold? That makes a bit of room for one more disc of opera highlights, or something.

Now for the music and performances: this is a mixed bag, if you really care about Berlioz as I do. For a beginner (which is the aimed-at audience, I gather) it's fine. Mehta's Symphony flows along just fine in most places, but really misses the heart and drama of the piece. Davis' Harold and Tristia (almost sounds like the name of a novel) are very good, and the only weak spot is the Funeral March for Hamlet (#3 of Tristia). Maazel's Requiem is frustrating. On one hand you have superb (really superb) choral singing. On the other hand you have anemic orchestral playing and direction. Maazel underplays/downplays/suffocates the big brass outburst in the Dies Irae. That's a major nono, in my book. It so happens that Berlioz loved that moment and he wrote ecstatically about that one moment of "utter chaos." Moving on, we come to Dutoit's two big contributions: the Overtures and the Funeral and Triumphal Symphony. The whole chemistry of Berlioz+Dutoit+l'Orchestre Montreal=music-making of the best kind. Those performances alone made the purchase worth it.

Finally, the tidbits: they're interesting, but not representative of Berlioz at his best. Or even at his obscure best. But they are rare, and enjoyable, and if you care about obscure Berlioz works as I do, they are a very nice bonus.

EDIT: One last thing. There are no liner notes. The set is cheaply done, thus the cheap price. But it's a great bargain nevertheless. And who needs liner notes when you have the Berlioz Memoirs?!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 May 2013
By Timothy R. Penny - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very good collection of works. Good for anyone looking to get into some classical music and not knowing where to start.
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