Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique | Linn CKR400

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKR400

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 19th January 2018



Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Robin Ticciati


Berlioz, Hector

Beatrice et Benedict, op.27
» Overture
Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48


Scottish Chamber Orchestra


Robin Ticciati


The multi-award winning Scottish Chamber Orchestra marks its debut recording under the direction of Principal Conductor Robin Ticciati with the majestic Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

Named one of the top ten young ‘conductors on the verge of greatness’ by Gramophone Magazine, Robin is the perfect conductor to bring out the deep colours and emotions of this composition, while balancing the orchestra and keeping the pace to create an impressive and dynamic sound throughout. With this recording, Robin aimed to offer audiences ‘a thought-provoking and new way of listening to the piece.’

Robin Ticciati took up the position of Principal Conductor with the SCO from the 2009/10 season and opened the 2011/12 season with a blistering Berlioz programme hailed by the critics as ‘compelling’.

Since then, his profile has continued to build: in 2011 he was voted one of 'Tomorrow's Icons' by Gramophone and was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.

"A protégé of Colin Davis, Britain’s rising young star conductor, Robin Ticciati, has lost no time in presenting his credentials as an outstanding Berliozian in his first recording as music director of the SCO. This is no carbon copy of perhaps the foremost interpreter of “the best first symphony ever written”. Indeed, this Fantastique is remarkable for its fresh insights into one of the great orchestral warhorses, available on disc in a multitude of versions. Only 28 when the recording was made last October, Ticciati is just a year older than Berlioz was when he completed the work, and he makes a strong case for regarding this ever-astonishing, hallucinatory symphony as a young man’s music. The opening Rêveries — Passions is especially dreamlike, impressionistic almost, and Ticciati makes much of Berlioz’s revolutionary wind, brass and percussion writing in a March to the Scaffold that really makes the listener sit up: after the famous “thwack” of the guillotine blade falling, he pinpoints the pizzicato sound of the head falling into the basket, while the nightmarish sounds of the Witches’ Sabbath emerge in the most vivid colours thanks to the clarity of the string sound and the squealing high woodwinds. The veins of lightness he taps in the Waltz, and of melancholy in the Scène aux champs, also find their place in the delightfully airy account of the overture as an encore. Fantastique!" Sunday Times

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