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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker: The Last Concert (2016) [Blu-ray Video & Audio]

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Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker: The Last Concert (2016) [Blu-ray Video & Audio]

Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker - The Last Concert - Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique(2016) [Blu-ray Video & Audio]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 20999 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 108 min+76 min (bonus)+96 min (audio) | 45,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3757 kbps / 24-bit
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BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 108 min | 9.29 Gb
Audio: PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits | DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Berlin Phil Media GmbH

Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) was one of the outstanding personalities in the history of the Berliner Philharmoniker. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1966 and was their chief conductor from 1990 to 2002. In May 2013, their unique partnership ended with Claudio Abbado's last concert with the orchestra – a “triumph”, in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The programme included two of the most important works of musical Romanticism: Hector Berlioz's visionary Symphonie fantastique and Felix Mendelssohn's magical, shimmering music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. Audio and video recordings of this memorable evening are now being released in a hardcover luxury edition. The bonus material includes a historical documentary about Abbado's first year as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to extensive texts, the booklet contains numerous photos, some of which have never been published before.

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)

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Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)

Georg Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2006/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 134 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Español, Francais

This live recording was made at the Royal Albert Hall during one of London’s famous Promenade Concert seasons. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a magnifi cent performance of Berlioz’s concert cantata La Damnation de Faust. This feast of Berlioz launched Solti’s farewell tour with the orchestra he had directed for twenty years and was described by The Times as “the unsurpassable culmination of two decades of music-making…one that summarised all that has been most admirable about Solti’s long reign in Chicago.”

Sylvain Cambreling, Staatskapelle Berlin, Paul Groves, Vesselina Kasarova - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2000)

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Sylvain Cambreling, Staatskapelle Berlin, Paul Groves, Vesselina Kasarova - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2000)

Sylvain Cambreling, Staatskapelle Berlin, Paul Groves, Vesselina Kasarova - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2000)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Français | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Nederlands

This imaginative staging of Berlioz's dramatic symphony for chorus, soloists and orchestra relies heavily on the moving of massed choirs across a large stage. It has vivid lighting effects–rather too many of them using strobes–and monolithic multi-purpose sets, in particular a revolving glass drum which functions both as cinema screen and rostrum for singers, so that the final ride to Hell, for example, is sung by Mephistopheles and Faust above a cavalcade of projected horses, like the inside of a zoetrope. The three main soloists have voices on a scale that can compete with these flashy production values–White and Kasarova, in particular, sing at a level of intensity that would swamp anything less; the climactic seduction trio has rarely been sung so well or with such an overpoweringly polymorphous eroticism. Cambreling marshals his forces effectively, giving full rein to the work's showstoppers like the "Hungarian March" but not neglecting the subtler less kinetic Gluckian side of Berlioz's vocal writing. (Roz Kaveney)

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

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Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann (2015) [Blu-Ray]

Masters of Classical Music: Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, Stravinsky, Strauss, Ravel, Bartók (2015) [4xBlu-Ray]
4xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 600 min | 21,1+22,5+22,0+22,4 Gb
Audio1: LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | EuroArts | Sub.: English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese

Masters of Classical Music is an informative and captivating guide to twenty of the most important works in music history. Outtakes from the original scores within the documentaries, assist the viewer by making it easier to follow the music and to overall comprehend the structure of the works. The viewer will travel back in time to experience the birth places of these compositions and will thereby gain insight into the lives of the composers whilst receiving a thorough introduction to the works.

Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmoniker - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1985)

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Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmoniker - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1985)

Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmoniker - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 215 Mb | Total time: 52:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 415 325-2 | Recorded: 1974

There’s more to this recording than the best funeral bells and the most focused tuba playing on disc in the finale of the Fantastique. Karajan did not record much Berlioz, but like many German conductors he had a special feeling for this particular work. He recorded it three times, once for EMI and twice for DG, the present version being his last and, on balance, most compelling.

Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Davis, LSO (2020)

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Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Davis, LSO (2020)

Sir Colin Davis - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Davis, LSO (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks+booklet) - 256 MB | Tracks: 7 | 69:19 min
Style: Classical | Label: Musical Concepts

“Berlioz’s greatest interpreter of modern times recorded it three times, but this most recent version is the most gripping and satisfying, deftly treading a fine line between self-revelation and self-indulgence. The volcanic outpourings of feeling are as intense as they should be, yet in the quieter moments – Davis achieves a wonderfully expressive pianissimo, in which every detail seems to convey meaning’ (Gramophone)

Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Le carnaval romain (2010)

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Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Le carnaval romain (2010)

Jos van Immerseel, Anima Eterna - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Le carnaval romain (2010)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 65:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Zig-Zag Territoires | # ZZT100101 | Recorded: 2008

This monumental work of French Romanticism is one of the essential landmarks in the career of any conductor. The quality of Berlioz’s orchestration and questions of timbre and the ideal instrumental forces lie at the core of the approach of Jos van Immerseel and Anima Eterna Brugge, who are increasingly drawn to French composers and especially to their precise, shimmering orchestral textures.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Le Corsaire (1992)

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Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Le Corsaire (1992)

Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Le Corsaire (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 64:26 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | CHAN 9052 | Recorded: 1991

Immensely influential, the remarkable Symphonie fantastique was composed while Hector Berlioz was suffering an intense and unreciprocated passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Its autobiographical tale describes a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz wrote a second movement cornet solo into a subsequent revision of the score, here included as an optional extra. He wed his sweetheart actress but, recuperating in Nice, wrote Le corsaire after the final break-up of their marriage.

Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1985)

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Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1985)

Riccardo Muti, The Philadelphia Orchestra - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 211 Mb | Total time: 54:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI | 7 47278 2 | Recorded: 1984

‘Muti can suggest a sensibility driven to the edge of sanity by its nightmare,’ wrote Gramophone of this intense interpretation of Berlioz’s visionary Symphonie fantastique, judging it among the finest recordings of the work and praising the conductor’s mastery at ‘holding the thread of argument together firmly, while never minimizing the incidental excitement’.

Claudio Abbado - Berlioz: Te Deum (1983)

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Claudio Abbado - Berlioz: Te Deum (1983)

Claudio Abbado - Berlioz: Te Deum (1983)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 46:38 | 233 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 4106962

Claudio Abbado’s 1981 performance of Berlioz’s Te Deum for three choruses and pipe organ easily outranks the handful of widely-available recordings of the work. Abbado’s closest competitor is 1969’s Sir Colin Davis with similar London forces on Philips, but Davis’ tenor soloist does not have the solid heroic quality of Mexican tenor Francisco Araiza, and Davis’ choirs are a little more recessed (although Abbado’s is not miked particularly close either), in particular the almost lost sound of Davis’ boys choirs which cut through forcefully in Abbado. In addition, Abbado moves purposefully forward through Berlioz’s treacherous choral/orchestral writing, whereas Davis takes his time, perhaps allowing more time for climactic build-up; however, I find Berlioz’s talent with choral writing was not his particular forte as it is not particularly melodic or thoughtful for singers, so I appreciate Abbado’s fluid, forward momentum.

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)

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Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)

Thomas Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2010)
dBpoweramp | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 798 Mb | Total time: 79:40+75:30+73:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Somm | SOMM-BEECHAM 26-8 | Recorded: 1947

This must be one of the most important historical documents ever to appear from previously unavailable archives. Much as we admire and praise Davis’s Berlioz (whose latest Trojans we reviewed last month)‚ Beecham has to be at least his peer on this and much other evidence. His arresting‚ inspiriting and brilliantly crafted performance here is a thing to marvel at in its understanding of the true Berlioz spirit. He persuades his newly formed RPO and the BBC Theatre Chorus of the day into giving quite thrilling accounts of their music that not even indifferent sound can mar. Beecham was to have returned‚ at Covent Garden‚ to the grand masterpiece in 1960‚ but that was not to be: a severe stroke prevented what would surely have been his crowning service to Berlioz right at the end of his distinguished career.

John Eliot Gardiner - Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ (1998)

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John Eliot Gardiner - Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ (1998)

John Eliot Gardiner - Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:00:35 | 333 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Erato | Catalog: 45275

I am familiar with half a dozen recordings of this wonderful seasonal work but invariably return to two favourites. I dismiss Matthew Best's curiously pallid and far too anglicised version and turn to the Inbal recording from 1989,which is tenderly conducted and benefits from two very different but very beautiful voices in John Aler's vibrant Narrator and Stafford Dean's darkly intense Herod but unfortunately Margaret Zimmermann completely lacks the delicacy and nuance that both Anne Sofie von Otter and Janet Baker bring to the Holy Mother, being thick and clumsy of tone with too pronounced a vibrato and very little variety in her expression.

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

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Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)

Leslie Howard - Liszt: Harold in Italy - Berlioz, Gounod, Meyerbeer transcriptions (1992)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 76:22 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog: CDA66683

Volume 23 in the Hyperion Liszt series validates Liszt's phenomenal mastery of transcribing, and in the case of Berlioz's "Harold in Italy," translating an orchestral work with viola obbligato into a magnificent chamber work for piano and viola. The excellent content of Berlioz's work alone can easily earn five stars, but the other three substantial transcriptions of Gounod and Meyerbeer enhance the splendor of this recording even further.

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Berlioz: Messe solennelle (1994)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Berlioz: Messe solennelle (1994)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir - Berlioz: Messe solennelle (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 283 Mb | Total time: 61:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | # 442 137-2 | Recorded: 1993

The discovery of any "new" large-scale work by Berlioz is bound to kick up excitement in the music world. So it was in 1992 when the manuscript of the long-lost Solemn Mass, composed in 1824, when Berlioz was 20, was unearthed by a Belgian choirmaster in Antwerp. A scholarly edition was quickly prepared, and John Eliot Gardiner gave the first series of performances in five European cities in 1993. It is from one of those live performances, in London's Westminster Cathedral, that this world-premiere recording derives.

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

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Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle (2001)

Tresors des Requiem: Mozart; Brahms; Schumann; Lotti; Cherubini; Berlioz; Bruneau; Verdi; Faure; Saint-Saens; Durufle [4CDs] (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,18 Gb | Total time: 73:54+65:36+73:21+76:22 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 74321 840402 | Recorded: 1977-1998

Tout le monde devrait connaitre certaines oeuvres classiques. Les requiems de Mozart ou de de Saint Sens en font parti, à mes yeux.