Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique (LP) | Berlin Classics 0300844BC

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique (LP)

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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0300844BC

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 9th December 2016

Contents

Artists

Dresdner Philharmonie

Conductor

Herbert Kegel

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Artists

Dresdner Philharmonie

Conductor

Herbert Kegel

About

The conductor Herbert Kegel had an instinctive flair for unravelling sound to fill space and thus made full use of the exceptional acoustics of the Lukaskirche in Dresden, which became his regular recording studio (for the Eterna label). The challenge there was to achieve a finely balanced fusion of sound and complete audibility in the tutti sections Ė after all, Herbert Kegel never aspired to the opulence associated with Karajan. One might say that the composition has been put under an acoustic magnifying glass to bring out details that are little appreciated (e.g. secondary parts that are often overlooked). Although Kegelís finely nuanced style aims to develop contrasts of both sound and dynamics, his agogics never appear arbitrary but always in line with the formal progression of the music.

It is clear from the track list that this re-released recording is one of the slowest in his discography, not that this is at all noticeable at any stage of the listening experience: one might say that the composition has been put under an acoustic magnifying glass to bring out details that are little appreciated (e.g. secondary parts that are often overlooked). Although Kegelís finely nuanced style aims to develop contrasts of both sound and dynamics, his agogics never appear arbitrary but always in line with the formal progression of the music.

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