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Hector Berlioz (1803-69)

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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini


Bruce Ford (Cellini), Laura Claycomb (Teresa), Franz Hawlata (Bass), Monica Groop (Ascanio), Christopher Maltman (Fieramosca), Ralf Lukas (Cardinal Salviati), Johannes Chum (Francesco), Reinhard Mayr (Bernadino), Ekkehard Wagner (Cabaretier), Matthias Hoffmann (Pompeo)

MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Roger Norrington

“This recording…is ablaze. …Bruce Ford…can do both amorous and heroic, and blends well with Laura Claycomb's spirited Teresa. The outstanding characterisation is Monica Groop's Ascanio, a splendidly idiomatic use of words supporting her fine dramatic flair. Norrington... achieves pinpoint accuracy and makes the whole piece dance as well as sing.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2007 *****

“Norrington is a superb Berlioz conductor, who relishes every spark of invention in the score, every innovatory texture....this performance really came alive!” The Guardian

“Norrington presides over a lean and pacy account of the Cinderella among Berlioz's operas...Bruce Ford and Laura Claycomb dazzle with vocal fireworks as the eponymous hero and his beloved, whilst the Finnish mezzo Monica Groop is deliciously feisty in the trouser-role of the apprentice Ascanio.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, March 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - April 2007

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Berlioz: Concert Overtures

Berlioz: Concert Overtures


Berlioz:

Waverley Overture Op. 1

Rob Roy Overture

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

King Lear Overture, Op. 4

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3


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Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)

Berlioz: Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem)


“Norrington's approach is pensive, sober and funereal-but it's so well paced that the sense of inevitability underlines man's mortality, and the outbursts when they do come are more effective for their comparative restraint...a reminder that the first performance was in church, not on a concert hall stage.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 8th May 2006

“"Truly it was of frightening greatness," wrote Berlioz after the Requiem 's première. The massed timpani of the "Tuba mirum" produced an "indescribable shock". The chief priest wept uncontrollably, while one of the choral singers suffered a nervous breakdown. Thankfully, there seems to have been no such casualty among the singers in this "live" performance from Stuttgart. The rich, ample acoustics of the Beethovensaal give full value to Berlioz's vast spatial effects, most spectacularly the four brass bands that herald the timpani onslaught in the "Tuba mirum". Yet Norrington's concern for clarity of line and articulation, and the carefully judged balances, mean that we hear far more than usual of Berlioz's brilliant and bizarre orchestral detail. Norrington's dramatic urgency, allied to choral singing of thrilling body and bite, make the apocalyptic movements duly overwhelming. No less moving is the choir's luminous delicacy in the "Quid sum miser" and "Quaerens me" - music of Cistercian purity and austerity - while Toby Spence brings a calm, rapt beauty to the cruelly high solo in the "Sanctus". A magnificent achievement, to be set alongside Colin Davis's recordings of this awesome work.” The Telegraph

Building a Library

SACD Choice - December 2006

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Hybrid Multi-channel

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Berlioz - Harold in Italy

Berlioz - Harold in Italy


Berlioz:

Harold en Italie, Op. 16

Jean-Eric Soucy (viola)

plus Orchestral Highlights from Operas (Faust & Les Troyens)


Sylvian Camberling has established himself as being sympathetic to Berlioz’s music; his recordings and concert performances of his works have been enthusiastically received. A new recording of Harold en Italie, coupled with some of Berlioz’s favourite orchestral works from his operas.

“…a dramatic, almost operatic performance of Berlioz's post-Byronic symphony-concerto… Jean-Éric Soucy exhibits a stronger personality than some more famous Harolds on record. …Cambreling proves himself a born Berliozian, bringing to fresh life the composer's characteristically bold colours, restless cross-rhythms and daring metrical layerings, before driving the Roman Carnival-esque Brigands's Orgy to a truly Allegro frenetico finish.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 ****

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Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25

Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25


Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone), Mark Padmore (Tenor), Ralf Lukas (Bass), Bernhard Hartmann (Bass), Frank Bossert (Tenor)

Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble, Stuttgart, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roger Norrington

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, etc.

Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3


The Norrington Celebration has started! This current release features the Grammy Nominated SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart in a LIVE PERFORMANCE of Berlioz’s ever-popular Symphonie fantistique! As with his recent, critically acclaimed Beethoven cycle, this latest recording of one of the most popular classical masterworks will surprise and delight collectors and critics the world over!

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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique & Concert Overtures

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique & Concert Overtures


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roger Norrington

Waverley Overture Op. 1

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

King Lear Overture, Op. 4

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Rob Roy Overture

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling

Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling


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Berlioz: Vocal Works with Orchestra

Berlioz: Vocal Works with Orchestra


Berlioz:

La belle voyageuse

La captive

Le Jeune Pâtre Breton

Zaïde Op. 19 No. 1

Sara la baigneuse, H69

Tristia, Op. 18

Chant Sacré, H44A (Version I)

Hélène, H40B (Version II)


This CD presents some of the composer's most beautiful orchestral songs as well as several rare works for choir and orchestra. Sylvain Cambreling conducts the SWR Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with a fine line up of soloists in this rarely heard repertoire.

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Camberling conducts Berlioz & Messiaen

Camberling conducts Berlioz & Messiaen


Berlioz:

Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17

Messiaen:

L'Ascension (Quatre meditations pour l'orchestre)


Nadine Deniz (mezzo soprano), Pitor Beczala (teno), Peter Lika (bass)

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden, EuropaChorAkademie, Sylvain Camberling

In the autumn of 1827, Hector Berlioz witnessed a performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (with Harriet Smithson in the role of Juliet). The composer later wrote of this experience: “I will marry this woman and base my greatest symphony on this dram

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The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

The Romantics: Sir Roger Norrington’s 80th birthday

Anniversary box


Berlioz:

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3

Brahms:

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Carnival Overture, Op. 92

Elgar:

In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Mahler:

Symphony No. 4

Mendelssohn:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 'Italian'

Schubert:

Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'

Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp), D 644 - Overture

Tchaikovsky:

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique'

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a


Even 30 years ago, Roger Norrington surprised audiences with his historically informed interpretations of Romantic music. Over the past decade working with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), he has crafted what has been called the "Stuttgart Sound", “Stuttgart sound”, which developed out of Norrington's conviction of the vibrato-free performance, and which he developed to perfection with the Romantic repertoire. With works from Mozart and Haydn, (of which several CDs are available at hänssler CLASSIC in interpretations by Norrington), the conductor has has discovered the world of the high Romantic period step by step. These 10 CDs present a wide range of controversial music-making, that in addition to the wonderful music also provides plenty of material for future discussions.

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