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Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 (1985)

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Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 (1985)

Charles Dutoit, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 231 Mb | Total time: 54:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 414 203-2 | Recorded: 1984

Maestro Dutoit and his orchestra really make Berlioz' orchestral showpiece glow in all of its colorful splendour, but with enough tenderness and warm lyricism in the more reflective, dreamy parts. But 'Un bal' really sways and swaggers with appropriate grandiloquence. The 'Scene aux champs' is played wonderfully poised and concentrated, but with a lot of warmth as well, helped of course by the mellifluous, wonderfully blended tone of the orchestra.

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été, Harold en Italie (2011)

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Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été, Harold en Italie (2011)

Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été, Harold en Italie (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 328 Mb | Total time: 73:03 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naïve | # V 5266 | Recorded: 2011

On this new period instrument recording of “Les Nuits d’Été” and the symphony “Harold in Italy” by Hector Berlioz, from the award winning musical director Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, the featured soloists are two of the leading exponents of their art in recent years, the mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the viola player Antoine Tamestit.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Messe Solennelle (2007/1991)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Messe Solennelle (2007/1991)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Messe Solennelle (2007/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Latin (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.75 Gb (DVD9) | 112 min
Classical | DECCA

John Eliot Gardiner conducts his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique through two concerts of Berlioz compositions. The 'Symphonie Fantastique' is an orchestral tour de force which is central to the repertoire of every major orchestra. It is performed here on original instruments in its original 1830s orchestration in the atmospheric old hall of the Paris Conservatoire where it was first heard. Also included is the first performance of the newly discovered 'Messe Solennelle' with the Monteverdi choir. Written when Berlioz was just 20 years old, it was thought lost until its rediscovery in 1992. The first performance of this large-scale Mass for 150 years was filmed in London's Westminster Cathedral. Gardiner's period-instrument orchestra gives characteristically idiomatic performances of these seminal works (which are also linked thematically, through Berlioz's extensive re-use of material from the Messe).

Olga Borodina, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, La Mort de Cléopâtre (2003)

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Olga Borodina, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, La Mort de Cléopâtre (2003)

Olga Borodina, Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, La Mort de Cléopâtre (2003)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 313 MB | 01:11:57
Genre: Classical | Label: Philips

Gerviev and the Vienna Philharmonic give a splendid performance of Symphonie fantastique. The Death of Cleopatra is a dramatic "lyric scene" written in 1819 describing "an Egyptian queen who has been bitten by a poisonous snake and is dying a painful death in an agony of remorse." Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina, now at the peak of her career, is magnificent in this performance, a very appropriate coupling for the symphony. The Vienna Philharmonic is at its best and this recording, from live performances in May 2003 in Vienna's Musikverein is superb sonically, more natural in sound than the same conductor and orchestra's recording of Pictures at an Exhibition recorded in April 2000 (see REVIEW). Text/translation are provided for Cléopåtre.

Sir Colin Davis - Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, La Mort de Cleopatre, etc (1994) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Sir Colin Davis - Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, La Mort de Cleopatre, etc (1994) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Hector Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ; Méditation religieuse;
La Mort d'Ophélie; Sara la baigneuse; La Mort de Cléopâtre
English Chamber Orchestra; Goldsborough Orchestra; conducted by Sir Colin Davis
Elsie Morison, John Cameron, Joseph Rouleau, Peter Pears, Anne Pashley

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 620 Mb | Scans included | Time: 02:20:15
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Decca | # 443 461-2

This is a delightful recording from a conductor more closely allied than any other to Berlioz's music. With Berlioz the devil is always in the detail; he was an extraordinary orchestrator and capable of writing unidiomatically for instruments–especially the woodwinds–in order to get exactly the sound he wanted. Or rather, sounds, for the whole texture is made up of many layers. Davis understands this as if by instinct, and draws some beautiful playing from the instrumentalists without ever losing sight of the whole picture. It has been said that the French style of phrasing is all foreplay and no climax: the singers bring this teasing quality to their long, flowing lines but with a charmingly English home-counties blush too. Elsie Moris's light tone is a perfect match for Peter Pears' cool, silvery voice in this respect - and the choir too makes a good full sound without ever getting too heavy. The two discs also include some other gems from the pen of this most idiosyncratic of composers.

Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2002)

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Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2002)

Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra - Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 0,99 Gb | Total time: 239:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: LSO live | # LSO 0010 | Recorded: 2000

The epic tale of the fall of Troy haunted Berlioz from childhood and inspired some of his most passionately dramatic, richly colorful music. This is Colin Davis's second recording of Les Troyens, following his (out-of-print) 1969 version. Magnificent though it was, some reckoned that reading lacked something in zip. Here, however, such reservations could never apply. Recorded across several lavishly praised concert performances in London in December 2000, this Troyens has an extraordinary electricity and rhythmic drive.

Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)

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Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)

Benjamin Bernheim, Emmanuel Villaume, Prague Philharmonia - Benjamin Bernheim (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 280 Mb | Total time: 63:17 | Scans included
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6078 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

This is the debut album of Benjamin Bernheim, signed to the Deutsche Grammophon after several sensational appearances with major opera companies. Like many other debuts, it mixes French and Italian arias, with an odd Tchaikovsky item thrown in, but pay attention, and it will be apparent that Bernheim is a cut above. Raised in Switzerland, he has perhaps a natural way with both French and Italian music. You get the feeling, though, that Bernheim could sing almost anything and make it convincing. His voice is not big, but it has many shades, and he falls easily into the grooves of Massenet and Verdi without seeming to shift gears in any way.

Fatma Said - El Nour (2020)

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Fatma Said - El Nour (2020)

Fatma Said - El Nour (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 240 Mb | Total time: 64:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029523360 | Recorded: 2019

The young Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, praised for the luminosity and rich colours of her voice, makes her recording debut for Warner Classics with El Nour. Her enticing and absorbing recital programme crosses cultures, combining art songs by French, Spanish and Egyptian composers with Egyptian folk songs and popular songs from the Middle East. As she explains, “‘El Nour’ in Arabic means ‘the light’, and this album sheds light on how music that has been interpreted many times can be perceived in a different light. The idea is to connect three cultures – Arabic, French and Spanish – and to show how much, despite cultural, geographical and historical differences, they have in common when it comes to music”.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Hector Berlioz: Messe solennelle (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 253 Mb | Total time: 51:19 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # Alpha 564 | Recorded: 2019

Composed in 1824 by Hector Berlioz at the age of twenty-one and premiered at the church of Saint-Roch in Paris in 1825, the Messe solennelle has come down to us following an eventful history. After Berlioz declared that he had destroyed the score, the mass was considered lost until it was rediscovered in Antwerp in 1992. This remarkable work helps us both to appreciate the development of Berlioz’s style – already revolutionary in his early years – and to understand what he owed to his contemporaries, notably Cherubini, whose monumental Requiem Hervé Niquet has already recorded (Alpha 251).

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)

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François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)

François-Xavier Roth, Les Siècles - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 304 Mb | Total time: 65:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMM 902644 | Recorded: 2019

The large collection of antique instruments at Les Siècles' command makes its recordings more than just speculative period exercises, but something approaching musical time travel. Led since 2003 by its founder, François-Xavier Roth, this singular French orchestra has given thrilling historically-informed recreations of the repertoire of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries on vintage instruments that were available to the musicians of the time, crafted by hand, and possessing the unique sonorities and tunings of different regions.

John Nelson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2019)

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John Nelson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2019)

John Nelson, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 590 Mb | Total time: 58:46+68:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 9029541735 | Recorded: 2019

"The most dramatic piece that Berlioz ever wrote," is how conductor John Nelson describes La Damnation de Faust. The composer designated this thrilling hybrid of oratorio and opera a 'légende dramatique'. Following in the triumphant footsteps of Les Troyens, also recorded at the Auditorium Erasme in Strasbourg, this performance reunites Nelson and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg with singers Michael Spyres, Joyce DiDonato and Nicolas Courjal.

Gustavo Dudamel, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2010 (2021) [Blu-Ray]

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Gustavo Dudamel, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2010 (2021) [Blu-Ray]

Gustavo Dudamel, Berliner Philharmoniker - New Year’s Eve Concert / Silvesterkonzert 2010 (2021) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 27895 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 88 min | 22,5 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3802 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 88 min | 6,00 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English

The 2010 New Year’s Eve concert from Berlin frames two of the most prominent stars on DG’s roster: Elina Garanca and Gustavo Dudamel. Recorded live, this gala performance sparkles with a selection of arias and orchestral works that include excerpts from one of Garanca’s most celebrated roles, Bizet’s Carmen, and Marguerite in Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust. As well as providing world-class accompaniment, the Berlin Philharmonic makes a stirring contribution to the program with the overture to Berlioz’s thrilling Roman Carnival and excerpts from Manuel de Falla’s ballet, The Three-Cornered Hat.

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris: Berlioz, Bloch, Milhaud, Ravel, Schumann, Rachmaninov (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 06:41:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029568954 | Recorded: 1975-1979

This 7CD set is the fruit of the love affair that developed in Paris between Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France in the 1970s. Beside long-admired studio recordings, featuring Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexis Weissenberg among the soloists, it presents live performances completely new to the catalogue: a 1975 programme to celebrate Ravel’s centenary – with Bernstein himself as soloist in the G major piano concerto – and orchestral suites taken from two of Bernstein’s most celebrated and brilliant works, both infused with jazz: the film score On the Waterfront and the landmark Broadway musical West Side Story.

Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

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Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7; La Mort de Cléopâtre (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 594-2 | Time: 00:52:19

Kiri Te Kanawa does well by these songs, avoiding the billowing excesses of sentiment that in other hands (or vocal chords) can make them sound much too soggy. Although Berlioz gathered them all together under the present title, all of the songs were composed at different times for different singers, so they aren't really a cycle at all. I seldom listen to all of them at once, and you should feel free to take them in any order that suits you. "The Death of Cleopatra" is an early cantata that perfectly suits Jessye Norman's stately delivery. She's always at her best playing royalty, and if they're dying in mortal agony, so much the better.

Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)

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Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)

Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 59:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 445 | Recorded: 2019

Soprano Sandrine Piau has been known mostly as a Baroque specialist, but she has recorded several albums of 19th century French mélodies with spectacular results. Si j'ai aimé (the title comes from one of three songs by the little-known Théodore Dubois) will be very hard for her to outdo. The list of attractions is very long and begins with the repertory. There are some familiar pieces here, such as the opening pair of songs by Saint-Saëns, but many of the composers – Dubois, Charles Bordes, Alexandre Guilmant – are rarely performed, at least outside France, and all the songs here are top-notch.