Harold Italy Damnation Faust Tro (Ormandy)
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Top Customer Reviews
It is difficult to say whether "Harold in Italy" is a concerto or a symphony; it starts as one and finishes as the other, with the solo viola sidelined and merely commenting and reminiscing in the last movement, reprising preceding themes. Of course, the Byron myth appealed immensely to Berlioz; he conflates it with a typically highly romanticised account of his own life journey as a picaresque tale full of heroism, adventure, romance and melancholy. (Incidentally, the writer of the notes to the Ormandy disc is wrong in ascribing Byron's death to combat in Greece; he died of a fever and probably sepsis, not in battle.)
Let me say immediately that I like all three and all have obvious merits. Even the most recent, digital version (Inbal) is from 1988, whereas the Munch is from 1958 and the Ormandy from 1965. Nonetheless, they are all three in fine sound; the slight hiss on the earlier two is negligible. It seems strange to think that nearly all the musicians featured in those Munch and Ormandy recordings will now be playing harps, yet - and here I might as well put my cards on the table - the earliest from 65 years ago remains my favourite and the clarity of the stereo separation remains startling.Read more ›