Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Fantaisie sur la Tempete de Shakespeare | Chandos CHSA5239

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Fantaisie sur la Tempete de Shakespeare

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5239

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 28th June 2019

Contents

Artists

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Lelio, ou Le Retour a la Vie, op.14b
» Fantaisie sur la Tempete de Shakespeare
Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Artists

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

About

The Fantaisie sur la Tempête de Shakespeare was composed shortly after Berlioz had won the coveted Prix de Rome (at the fourth attempt) with his cantata Sardanapale, and was originally conceived as a concert overture, with chorus. After various re-workings of the material, the four-movement Fantaisie, as recorded here, became the finale of Berlioz’s ‘monodrama’ Lélio – a juxtaposition of existing material interlinked with dramatic monologues recited by the ‘artist’ at the centre of the work.

Symphonie fantastique, Berlioz’s best-known work by some distance, remains an evergreen in the orchestral repertoire, and beloved of audiences the world over. The idiomatic approach to orchestration, grounded in Berlioz’s musical training in French provincial wind-bands, and the revolutionary approach to the prevailing conventions of musical form at the time shine through in the five-movement masterpiece, which remains one of the most vividly programmatic symphonies ever written.

This recording was made after a pair of performances in September 2018 in the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and is made in Surround Sound.

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