Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique | Pentatone PTC5186211

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186211

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th March 2015



Boston Symphony Orchestra


Seiji Ozawa


Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48


Boston Symphony Orchestra


Seiji Ozawa


The seeds were planted in the early 1970s when Deutsche Grammophon realised what amazing results could be achieved by recording the multi-channel tapes, with either four or eight channels. Yet, due to a few restrictions, they never fully blossomed. Flaws in the playback equipment meant that music connoisseurs were prevented from enjoying these recordings in the way that artists, producers, engineers and other professionals intended, even though recording technology was already way ahead of its time.

Now - over a quarter of a century later - and thanks to the arrival of the multi-channel Super Audio CD, there is finally a system available which permits these precious recordings to be released in the quality they deserved back then.

As a result of Pentatone’s labour of love re-mastering and re-releasing this recording, be prepared to be mesmerised by the effect, drama and imagination presented in Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa performed in exceptionally fine form in this recording, interpreting Berlioz’s imagination ever so vividly. Now on SACD, we finally get to experience the orchestra’s vigorous performance in the sound quality intended as when it was recorded.

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