Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth Berlioz : Symphonie Fantastique

Berlioz : Symphonie Fantastique

Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

Released on August 5, 2014 by Musicales Actes Sud

Main artist: François-Xavier Roth

Genre: Classical > Symphonic Music

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Album : 1 disk - 5 tracks Total length : 00:52:41

    Symphonie Fantastique op. 14 (Hector Berlioz)
  1. 1 Rêveries Passions

    Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth, conductor

  2. 2 Un bal

    Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth, conductor

  3. 3 Scène aux champs

    Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth, conductor

  4. 4 Marche au supplice

    Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth, conductor

  5. 5 Songe d'une nuit de sabbat

    Les Siècles - François-Xavier Roth, conductor


Thanks to the enormous successes of the movement for historically informed performances, one often hears Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique served up in authentic, early 19th century style, because more and more ensembles play the work on original instruments and follow the practices of the composer's era. This recording by François-Xavier Roth and the French chamber orchestra Les Siècles is an elegant presentation of the piece, one of the signal masterpieces of the Romantic era and a showcase for any ensemble, whether traditional or period. The colors of the vintage instruments are striking, and perhaps the most memorable timbre of this performance is the plangent tone of the cor anglais in the Scène aux champs. But the whole orchestra is vibrant with original sonorities, and Berlioz's innovative effects are just as effective in this rendition as they would be in a modern symphony orchestra. One might wish that this CD from Musicales Actes Sud had better audio for the occasion, because playing of such high caliber should have been reproduced on a hybrid SACD, most importantly because many competitors have releases that take full advantage of multichannel technology. But the sound is certainly excellent, and listeners will derive much pleasure from hearing this fine recording.
Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique op. 14 Les Siècles François-Xavier Roth, conductor

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