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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - Varèse: Ionisation
 
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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 - Varèse: Ionisation

4 Mar. 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
  • Release Date: 4 Mar. 2014
  • Label: BR-Klassik
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 BR-Klassik
  • Total Length: 58:42
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  • ASIN: B00IICPCW8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,186 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener on 7 Mar. 2014
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Even conductors can think of a masterpiece as a warhorse, and under that influence, they don't go out of their way to rediscover why a score became a masterpiece in the first place. Here Mariss Jansons breaks a long tradition of indifference toward the Symphonie fantastique. Every measure of the work is refreshed, listened to for every implied gasp, lurch, and fever dream of its hallucinating hero. The music is invested with liberal doses of Romantic spontaneity, finding intensity where other conductors find blah. In a word, Jansons is channeling his inner Charles Munch.

the conductor's intent is revealed early in the fist movement, where Berlioz's rhythmic irregularities crowd in. Jansons accentuates the agogic pace and underlines the eerie orchestration. These two tendencies are extended into all five movements - one notices that even the straightforward waltz in Un bal seems ghostly and strange. More striking still is the pastoral Scene aux champs, where no one before Jansons, not even Munch, has found a way to inject an air of strangeness - after all, the whole score is meant to be terrifying and surreal. It's eye-opening to hear the shepherds' serenade turn into shrieks. The cause is helped by the conductor's urgent pacing; too often this movement has been slowed to a trudge.

The really disturbing music belongs to the last two movements, of course, which depict a ride to the scaffold and a witches' black sabbath. Since even the most staid conductors put on their Halloween masks for this music, it's hard to out-Herod Herod. Jansons doesn't try. He relies on exact ensemble to bring out the musics color, abetted by remarkably good sonics, the kind we've become used to from BR Klassik's concert recordings, surely the best on the market.
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By Mikael Hovare on 16 Nov. 2014
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Very good. Quite different from other versions. Indeed worth buying. Good recording.
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