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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique


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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique


Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Live recording, Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig: 7th/8th March 2013



Live recording, Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 1st/2nd July 2010


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Three musical visionaries on one CD. Mariss Jansons interprets Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" and "Ionisation" by Edgard Varèse. Following the Beethoven box, with its juxtaposition of classical and contemporary works, the current CD with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks again features an encounter between music from different epochs. In the "Symphonie fantastique" Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, investigates the dream worlds of the Romantic movement, and in "Ionisation" by Edgard Varèse transforms complex structures into an event of sensual immediacy. Both these works were important starting-points for the dawn of a new musical age.

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks are renowned interpreters of avante garde music.

An exciting juxtaposition of works from the Romantic and Modern eras.

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

I. Reveries: Largo - Passions: Allegro agitato e appassionato assai

II. Un Bal (Valse): Allegro non troppo

III. Scene aux Champs: Adagio

IV. Marche au Supplice: Allegretto non troppo

V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat: Larghetto - Allegro

Edgard Varese: Ionisation


Gramophone Magazine

May 2014

“just about the finest available version of Varèse's stealthy, foot-tapping all-percussion Ionisation...Jansons keeps her steady as she goes and the recorded balance is well-nigh perfect. So if the Varèse is your priority, I wouldn't hesitate.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2014


“this [Berlioz] doesn't need its unusual coupling to stand out. Mariss Jansons's interpretation is distinctive enough to stand alone on this disc, which captures the immediacy of a live performance...This is a big reading, spacious and detailed, but one that emphasies the unease underlying even the most lyrical passages.”

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