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Hector Berlioz Edition Box set

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  • Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eliahu Inbal
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 11
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00008GQFG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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By Mart TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Nov. 2008
This 11CD set is perhaps the best introduction to the much underrated, certainly during his lifetime, music of French Romanticist composer Hector Berlioz, for most of his major compositions are represented here.

Seven complete works are played by the Frankfurt Radio Sinfonie Orchestra recorded between 1987 and 1989, directed by long serving (1974 to 1990 with the orchestra) Israeli conductor Eliahu Inbal.

Hugely underrated and underplayed, Berlioz's ideals represented a major contribution to the advancement from the Romantic period towards the `Modern' era.

The `Symphony Fantastique' is one of my favourites, particularly the chillingly brooding final movement which will be familiar to fans of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film `The Shining' where the music featured during the breathtaking opening scenes while Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) drove around the spectacular mountain roads of the Glacier National Park, Montana towards the menacing Overlook Hotel, and also towards his gradual insanity.

The 11 CDs are in cards in a compact box with 40 page (all English) booklet providing notes including a brief biography and full text (French) of the sung works.

The front cover picture incidentally is an 1850 painting by Gustave Courbet of Berlioz.
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Nice selection, powerfully played. Very stimulating to listen to - even though I find Berlioz quite "heavy" at times ...
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