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Berlioz: Symphony fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 & Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52

Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

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Sir Andrew Davis was the music director of the Toronto Symphony from 1975 to 1988, and he has maintained strong ties with the group displayed here, even though the players in the main are not the ones he conducted back then. You might not think the world needs another reading of the Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, but Davis' ease with the orchestra enables him to pull off a number of unusual orchestral effects. The real find here is the Fantaisie sur La Tempète de Shakespeare (Fantasy on Shakespeare's The Tempest), which is a symphonic poem movement, not incidental music. It is the last movement of Lélio, which was the immediate successor to the Symphonie Fantastique but is much less often performed. It is a charming collection of delicate orchestral displays complete with a choir singing words from The Tempest, or something like them, in Italian (Berlioz, who had just won the Prix de Rome, was in an Italian phase). The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, which has worked often with both Davis and the Toronto Symphony, achieves special grace here, and this little performance is worth the price of admission. The Symphonie Fantastique itself is more straightforward but has distinctive touches, including bell strokes in the "Dies irae" that will make you sit up and take notice, if not severely stress your expensive speakers. The Torontonians generally play well throughout, although the return of the idée fixe in the waltz movement (sample this) comes off more as an intrusion than as the desired fleeting thought. A fine product of Sir Andrew's old age.
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Berlioz: Symphony fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 & Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52

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Fantaisie Sur La Tempête de Shaikespeare (Hector Berlioz)

1
Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52: I. Prologue
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
00:03:07

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

La Tempête. Allegro assai, ma primo poco... - (Hector Berlioz)

2
Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52: II. La tempête
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
00:02:29

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

L'Action. Un poco meno mosso - (Hector Berlioz)

3
Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52: III. L’action
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
00:06:51

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Choir, MainArtist - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

Le Dénoument. Tempo I. Più animato con fuoco (Hector Berlioz)

4
Fantaisie dramatique sur la tempête, H. 52: IV. Le dénouement
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:02:07

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

Symphonie Fantastique, op.14 (Hector Berlioz)

5
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48: I. Rêveries. Largo - Passions. Allegro agitato e appassionato assai
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:15:34

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

II Un Bal (Hector Berlioz)

6
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48: II. Un bal. Allegro non troppo
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:06:33

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

III Scène aux champs (Hector Berlioz)

7
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48: III. Scène aux champs. Adagio
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:16:06

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

IV Marche au supplice (Hector Berlioz)

8
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48: IV. Marche au supplice. Allegretto non troppo
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:06:48

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

V Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Hector Berlioz)

9
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48: V. Songe d'une nuit du sabbat. Larghetto - Allegro
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
00:10:28

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Sir Andrew Davis, Conductor

(C) 2019 Chandos (P) 2019 Chandos

Album Description

Sir Andrew Davis was the music director of the Toronto Symphony from 1975 to 1988, and he has maintained strong ties with the group displayed here, even though the players in the main are not the ones he conducted back then. You might not think the world needs another reading of the Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, but Davis' ease with the orchestra enables him to pull off a number of unusual orchestral effects. The real find here is the Fantaisie sur La Tempète de Shakespeare (Fantasy on Shakespeare's The Tempest), which is a symphonic poem movement, not incidental music. It is the last movement of Lélio, which was the immediate successor to the Symphonie Fantastique but is much less often performed. It is a charming collection of delicate orchestral displays complete with a choir singing words from The Tempest, or something like them, in Italian (Berlioz, who had just won the Prix de Rome, was in an Italian phase). The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, which has worked often with both Davis and the Toronto Symphony, achieves special grace here, and this little performance is worth the price of admission. The Symphonie Fantastique itself is more straightforward but has distinctive touches, including bell strokes in the "Dies irae" that will make you sit up and take notice, if not severely stress your expensive speakers. The Torontonians generally play well throughout, although the return of the idée fixe in the waltz movement (sample this) comes off more as an intrusion than as the desired fleeting thought. A fine product of Sir Andrew's old age.
© TiVo

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