Symphonie Fantastique (LSO, Davis) Live, Original recording reissued
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The greatest living conductor of Berlioz's music gives a sensational reading of the composer's symphonic masterpiece to produce the finest recording of the work. The recording captures the breathless exhilaration of the live performances to perfection.
If Sir Colin Davis had never been born, Berlioz enthusiasts would've had to invent him. Davis's tireless championing of the maverick Frenchman's complex scores has had an incalculable effect on attitudes to Berlioz...and he's still at it! Even if you can't get to the London Symphony Orchestra's Berlioz Odyssey concerts at the Barbican, it only costs a fiver to share the experience, thanks to the LSO Live label (less than most punters paid for their concert tickets!).
Maybe you think you don't need Sir Colin's latest thoughts on Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique? It's his fourth recording after all, but this has all the electricity of a live occasion, with Davis's extraordinary instinct, and the orchestra hanging on his every gesture. No need to worry about recording quality either; perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay it is it doesn't sound like the Barbican. I wish I'd been there...but at least now I know what I missed.
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Top Customer Reviews
Was it Wilde who said that there is nothing so false as approval of that which is approved of? There is of course always another in great music but if you want a symphonic approach backed by superb orchestral playing, Davis is the man to beat. However Berlioz was also a half-loony egotist and if eccentric weirdness is your thing there is a whole range of different interpretations stretching right back to Beecham and before. I only mention this because in a quite separate review (on Beecham's Fantastique) I wondered whether today's customary sophisticated refinement was not perhaps in danger of losing something.
However, there is a bewildering choice of versions out there but if you had to choose one mainstream version it would be difficult to beat Davis's version.
So imagine my dismay to find bits missing from the first two movements!!!
10 out of 10 for conductor and orchestra and a very poor 2 out of 10 for the editor (a case of 'go away and try again!')
The first movement has a half bar completely missing just after the GP at figure 11 meaning there are just 4 second violin slurs before the first violin entry instead of 5. The 2nd movement has a whole beat missing just before figure 33 creating a lop sided 3/8 2/8 feel (this is Berlioz and not Tchaikovsky's famous lop sided waltz from his 6th symphony?!!)
What a pity one little man in a darkened room somewhere can ruin an otherwise wonderful performance, perhaps they should provide these poor fellas with a score so at least they know how it's supposed to go before they start snipping.
A disappointed 3 for the overall CD, no reflection on the superb musicians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best I listened to ever. The sound is excellent, the artistic quality hard to be surpassed. Sir Colin Davis was certainly one of the great conductors of Berlioz' works. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Silviu
Berlioz, Davis and LSO - WOW! A great tribute to Sir Colin and the recording engineers - its hard to beleive its a live recording.Published 20 months ago by Mike K