Munch Conducts Berlioz

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While RCA's Complete Collections usually cover one composer's work in a specific genre, this box set is a compendium of Charles Münch's complete Berlioz recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The distinction may matter little to fans of the arch-Romantic composer, whose works are too varied to fall under one rubric anyway; but it is important to point out the significance of Münch's achievement and why this set is so big. Ten discs encompass all the recordings RCA made of Münch and the BSO and issued over 13 years, and demonstrate the conductor's long, thoughtful involvement with Berlioz -- sometimes to the extent of revisiting works, as in the cases of "Roméo ...
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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While RCA's Complete Collections usually cover one composer's work in a specific genre, this box set is a compendium of Charles Münch's complete Berlioz recordings with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The distinction may matter little to fans of the arch-Romantic composer, whose works are too varied to fall under one rubric anyway; but it is important to point out the significance of Münch's achievement and why this set is so big. Ten discs encompass all the recordings RCA made of Münch and the BSO and issued over 13 years, and demonstrate the conductor's long, thoughtful involvement with Berlioz -- sometimes to the extent of revisiting works, as in the cases of "Roméo and Juliette," "Symphonie fantastique," and the "Overture to Béatrice and Bénédict." This productive period also saw dramatic changes in audio technology, and the historical aspect of these recordings becomes apparent when the mono reproduction of 1949 is compared to the still novel stereo of 1962. Yet the performances matter most, for Münch's subtle interpretations set high standards for his time and are still instructive today, particularly when conductors are too willing to sacrifice musical integrity for exaggerated digital effects. On the strengths of Münch's refinement and the orchestra's satisfying wholeness, if not for the reproduction, this set is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828766039320
  • Catalog Number: 60393

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–20 Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (91:05)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Leslie Chabay, Harvard Glee Club, Charles Münch, Radcliffe Choral Society, Margaret Roggero, Yi-Kwei Sze, G. Wallace Woodworth
    1. 1Part One. Introduction. Combats - The prince intervenes
    2. 2Part One. Prologue. Récitatif choral. D'anciennes haines endormies
    3. 3Part One. Prologue. Strophes/Stanzas. Premiers transports que nul n'oublie
    4. 4Part One. Prologue. Récitatif et scherzetto. Bientôt de Roméo la pâle rêverie
    5. 5Part Two. Romeo alone
    6. 6Part Two. Sadness
    7. 7Part Two. Distant sounds of music and dancing
    8. 8Part Two. Great festivities in Capulet's palace
    9. 9Part Two. Nuit sereine - The young Capulets leaving the hall by singing
    10. 10Part Two. Love Scene
    11. 11Part Two. Scherzo. Queen Mab scherzo
    12. 12Part Three. Juliet's funeral. Jetez des fleurs pour la vierge expirée
    13. 13Part Three. Romeo in the family vault of the Capulets
    14. 14Part Three. Invocation
    15. 15Part Three. Juliet's awakening
    16. 16Part Three. Delirious joy, despair, anguish, and death of the lovers
    17. 17Finale. The Montagues and the Capulets resume their quarrel in the cemetary
    18. 18Finale. Je vais dévoiler le mystère
    19. 19Finale. Aria. Pauvres enfants que je pleure
    20. 20Finale. The oath. Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole
Disc 2
  1. 9–14 Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (30:42)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Victoria de Los Angeles, Charles Münch
    1. 9Villanelle
    2. 10Le spectre de la rose
    3. 11Sur les lagunes
    4. 12Absence
    5. 13Au cimetière
    6. 14L'île inconnue
  2. 15 Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a: Chasse royale et orage - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (10:59)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
Disc 3
  1. 1–38 La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24) - Hector Berlioz & McHenry Boatwright (121:08)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byMcHenry Boatwright, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Suzanne Danco, Donald Gramm, Harvard Glee Club, Charles Münch, David Poleri, Radcliffe Choral Society, Martial Singher, G. Wallace Woodworth
    1. 1Part One. Le vieil hiver
    2. 2Part One. Les bergers laissent
    3. 3Part One. Mais d'un éclat guerrier
    4. 4Part One. Marche hongroise (Rákóczy March)
    5. 5Part Two. Sans regrets j'ai quitté
    6. 6Part Two. Christ vient de ressusciter! (Easter Hymn)
    7. 7Part Two. Hélas! doux chants du ciel
    8. 8Part Two. O pure émotion!
    9. 9Part Two. A boire encor!
    10. 10Part Two. Oh! qu'il fait bon
    11. 11Part Two. Certain rat (Song of the Rat)
    12. 12Part Two. Amen. A...men
    13. 13Part Two. Vrai Dieu, messieurs
    14. 14Part Two. Une puce gentile (Song of the Flea)
    15. 15Part Two. Assez! fuyons ces lieux
    16. 16Part Two. Voici des roses
    17. 17Part Two. Dors, heureux Faust, dors!
    18. 18Part Two. Ballet des sylphes
    19. 19Part Two. Margarita!
    20. 20Part Two. Villes entourées
    21. 21Part Three. La retraite
    22. 22Part Three. Merci, doux crépuscule!
    23. 23Part Three. Je l'entends!
    24. 24Part Three. Que l'air est étouffant!
    25. 25Part Three. Autrefois un roi de Thulé (The King of Thule)
    26. 26Part Three. Espirits des flammes
    27. 27Part Three. Menuets des follets
    28. 28Part Three. Maintenant
    29. 29Part Three. Grands dieux!
    30. 30Part Three. Allons, il est trop tard!
    31. 31Part Four. D'amour l'ardente flamme (Spinning Song)
    32. 32Part Four. Au son des trompettes
    33. 33Part Four. Nature immense (Invocation to Nature)
    34. 34Part Four. A la voûte azurée
    35. 35Part Four. Dans mon coeur retentit (The Ride to the Abyss)
    36. 36Part Four. Ha! Irimiru Karabrao!
    37. 37Part Four. Alors l'enfer se tut
    38. 38Part Four. Laus! Hosanna!
Disc 4
  1. 1 Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Overture - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (7:23)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  2. 2 Le Corsaire, overture for orchestra, H. 101 (Op. 21) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (8:05)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  3. 3 Benvenuto Cellini, opera, H. 76a, Op. 23: Overture - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (10:26)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
Disc 5
  1. 1–19 L' Enfance du Christ, oratorio for soprano, 2 tenors, Baritone, 3 basses, chorus & orchetsra ("trilogie sacrée") H. 130 (Op. 25) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (93:19)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Florence Kopleff, Charles Münch, New England Conservatory Chorus, Lucien Olivier, Gérard Souzay, Giorgio Tozzi, Cesare Valletti, Lorna Cooke de Varon
    1. 1Part One. Dans la crèche
    2. 2Part One. Qui vient?
    3. 3Part One. Toujours ce rêve!
    4. 4Part One. Seigneur!
    5. 5Part One. Les sages de Judée
    6. 6Part One. La voix dit vrai, seigneur
    7. 7Part One. Eh bien!
    8. 8Part One. O mon cher fils
    9. 9Part One. Joseph! Marie!
    10. 10Part Two. Ouverture
    11. 11Part Two. Il s'en va loin de la terre
    12. 12Part Two. Les pèlerins étant venus
    13. 13Part Three. Depuis trois jours
    14. 14Part Three. Dans cette ville immense
    15. 15Part Three. Entrez, entrez, pauvres hébreux
    16. 16Part Three. Sur vos traits fatigués
    17. 17Part Three. Trio pour deux flûtes et harpe
    18. 18Part Three. Vous pleurez, jeune mère
    19. 19Part Three. Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle
Disc 6
  1. 4–7 Harold en Italie (Harold in Italy), symphony for viola & orchestra, H. 68 (Op. 16) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (38:01)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
    1. 4Harold in the Mountains
    2. 5March of the Pilgrim
    3. 6Sérénade
    4. 7Orgy of the Brigands
  2. 8 Le carnival romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (8:01)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
Disc 7
  1. 1–10 Requiem (Grande Messe des morts), for tenor, chorus & orchestra, H. 75 (Op. 5) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (83:28)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch, New England Conservatory Chorus, Léopold Simoneau, Lorna Cooke de Varon
    1. 1Requiem et Kyrie
    2. 2Dies irae
    3. 3Quid sum miser
    4. 4Rex tremendae
    5. 5Quaerens me
    6. 6Lacrymosa
    7. 7Offertorium
    8. 8Hostias
    9. 9Sanctus
    10. 10Agnus Dei
Disc 8
  1. 3–7 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (46:38)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
    1. 3Reveries; Passions
    2. 4A Ball
    3. 5Scene in the Country
    4. 6March to the Scaffold
    5. 7Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
Disc 9
  1. 1–20 Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17) - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (91:20)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Rosalind Elias, Charles Münch, New England Conservatory Chorus, Giorgio Tozzi, Cesare Valletti, Lorna Cooke de Varon
    1. 1Part One. Introduction. Tumult and strife - The prince intervenes
    2. 2Part One. Introduction. Récitatif choral: D'anciennes haines endormies
    3. 3Part One. Introduction. Strophes/Stanzas: Premiers transports que nul n'oublie
    4. 4Part One. Introduction. Récitatif et scherzetto; Bientôt de Roméo la pâle rêverie
    5. 5Part Two. Romeo alone
    6. 6Part Two. Sadness
    7. 7Part Two. Distant sounds of music and dancing
    8. 8Part Two. Great festivities in Capulet's palace
    9. 9Part Two. Starlit night - The young Capulets leaving the hall pass by singing
    10. 10Part Two. Love scene
    11. 11Part Two. Queen Mab scherzo
    12. 12Part Three. Juliet's funeral: Jetez des fleurs pour la vierge expirée
    13. 13Part Three. Romeo in the family vault of the Capulets
    14. 14Part Three. Invocation
    15. 15Part Three. Juliet's awakening
    16. 16Part Three. Delirious joy, despair, anguish, and death of the lovers
    17. 17Finale. The Montagues and the Capulets resume their quarrel in the cemetary
    18. 18Finale. Je vais dévoiler le mystère
    19. 19Finale. Aria. Parvres enfants que je pleure
    20. 20Finale. The oath. Jurez donc par l'auguste symbole
Disc 10
  1. 1 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): Reveries; Passions - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (13:59)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  2. 2 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): A Bal - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (6:27)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  3. 3 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): Scene in the Country - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (14:59)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  4. 4 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): March to the Scaffold - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (4:27)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  5. 5 Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14): Dream of the Witches' Sabbath - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (9:27)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
  6. 6 Béatrice et Bénédict, opera, H. 138: Overture - Hector Berlioz & Boston Symphony Orchestra (7:18)
    Composed byHector Berlioz
    Conducted byCharles Münch
    Performed byBoston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Münch
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