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This review is from: Hector Berlioz Edition (Audio CD)
I bought this collection inspite of a review I read describing it as a perfect introduction. I dont know why reviewers have to think boxed collections are a starter pack. Anyway I bought this as I was only familiar with the Berlioz fireworks: the symphony fantastique and overtures. Now I see Berlioz as an extraordinary composer for orchestra. It is seldom to see a composer write with enough self confidence to give so much time to solo instruments and singers. Such soloists need nerves of steel if they are to appear part of the greater whole. The French language is beautiful and best sung by soloists that speak with the softness of phrasing that comes with with being fluent.
So we come to these discs. Eliahu Inbal is not afraid of the quiet magic Berlioz knits so economically. I cant imagine the draconian conductors allowing the singers and orchestra so much freedom to enjoy the natural flow I imagine they would be frustrated with the seeming lack of direction. If you want to enjoy the wonderful language spreading easily across the musical palatte then buy this, it is a wonderful dream played with love by inspired musicians.