Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Waverley Overture [SACD & Blu-ray]

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Waverley Overture [SACD & Blu-ray]

by Valery Gergiev

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid / with Blu-Ray Audio)

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Waverley Overture [SACD & Blu-ray]

Valery Gergiev has twice recorded Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique," first with the Vienna Philharmonic on a 2003 Philips release, then with the London Symphony Orchestra on a 2014 release on the LSO Live label. Both recordings were issued as hybrid SACDs, so collectors and audiophiles have good reason to compare them, and they may wish to own both for the different filler pieces ("La mort de Cléopâtre" on Philips and the "Waverley Overture" on this recording). It's hard to go wrong with Gergiev, if what is desired is a mainstream performance with a volatile interpretation, and his driven conducting is well-suited to Berlioz's over-the-top masterpiece. This recording is full and rich in sonorities, and the London Symphony Orchestra delivers an impressive rendition with a wide dynamic range that goes from a barely audible rumble to stunning fortissimo crashes that might require some adjustment of the volume setting. As good as both recordings are, the LSO recording may have the edge with sound buffs because the package contains not only the SACD, but also includes an audio Blu-ray disc, which gives the listener more options for optimal playback.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2014
Label: Lso Live Uk
UPC: 0822231175728
catalogNumber: 757
Rank: 118213

Tracks

  1. Waverly Overture (Grande Ouverture de Waverly) for orchestra, H. 26 (Op. 1)
  2. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14)
  3. Waverly Overture (Grande Ouverture de Waverly) for orchestra, H. 26 (Op. 1)
  4. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14)

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