BERLIOZ: Requiem – Richard Lewis/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Sir Thomas Beecham – Pristine Audio
A superb renovation of Beecham’s rendering of Requiem by Berlioz
The Music Treasury For 24 February 2019 — Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts Berlioz
150th Celebration of Berlioz Works!
BERLIOZ: Harold in Italie; Les Nuits d’ete – Les Siecles/ Stephane Gegout/ Tabea Zimmermann/ Francois-Xavier Roth – Harmonia mundi
A breath of fresh air in these two defining works by Berlioz!
Harty and Monteux conduct BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique, Overtures and Marches – Pristine Audio
Berlioz shines in these outstanding historic recordings from the 1930s!
Sir Thomas Beecham, Vol. 1 = Symphonic Works by GRIEG; BRAHMS; BERLIOZ – Symphony of the Air – Yves St-Laurent Studio
The Toscanini Memorial as led by Sir Thomas Beecham returns to us with blazing intensity and passionate fervor.
Artur Bodanzky conducts = Works by WAGNER; MOZART; BERLIOZ; STRAUSS; OFFENBACH – Berlin State Opera Orchestra – Pristine Audio
Mark Obert-Thorn restores the commercial recordings of Artur Bodaznky, who for a generation dominated the German MET repertory.
BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy – Lawrence Power, viola/ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/ Andrew Manze – Hyperion
Berlioz and kindred spirit Weber receive colorful and vibrantly energetic readings from violist Power and conductor Andrew Manze.
BERLIOZ: Les Troyens (complete opera) – Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra/John Nelson – Erato
A magnificent achievement, and one that doesn’t come along often. BERLIOZ: Les Troyens (complete opera) – Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Choeur de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Choeur Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Badischer Staatsopernchor/ John Nelson [Complete opera cast below] – Erato 9029576220 (4 CDs + DVD), 1 hour 54 minutes *****: Is this the best Trojans I […]
Streams and Podcasts for 21 January 2018
Sir Thomas Beecham built a reputation as a conductor working with major UK orchestras—London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, as well as Liverpool and Hallé. Among other things, he is to be noted for introducing operas by Strauss and Delius to the English stage. This week will showcase Sir Thomas Beecham conducting works by Alwyn, Gretry, Liszt, […]
Streams and Podcasts for 10 December 2017
This week’s Music Treasury features another distinguished conductor/composer from the 1900s, Paul Kletzki. Paul Kletzki was a gifted composer early in his career, and shifted to conducting after World War II. He was particularly noted for his interpretation of Romantic music, and has over 100 recordings to his credit. This week, the show will be […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Symphony – Czech Philharmonic/ Semyon Bychkov – Decca
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony in B Minor after Byron’s “Manfred,” Op. 58 – Czech Philharmonic/ Semyon Bychkov – Decca 483 2320, 59:19 (8/25/17) [Distr. by Universal] ****: Tchaikovsky epic symphonic-poem receives a dedicated performance in this ongoing project by Semyon Bychkov. Tchaikovsky, much like Berlioz, found a poetic, kindred spirit in the work of George Gordon, Lord […]
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7, BERLIOZ: Overtures Le Corsaire, Le Carnaval Romain – Moores School Symphony Orchestra/Franz Anton Krager
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7, BERLIOZ: Overtures Le corsaire and Le carnaval romain – Moores School Symphony Orchestra – Franz Anton Krager, conductor High Definition Tape Transfers Blu-ray audio disc with 5.0 and 2.0 audio. An able student performance very well recorded This is a bit of a difficult review to write. We have a good […]
Tribute to Charles Munch – A Strasburger in Boston = Works of BERLIOZ, FRANCK, ST.-SAENS, ROUSSEL, DEBUSSY, FAURE, RAVEL – Praga Digitals
A generous sampling of the ‘Munch touch’ in Boston in the French music he championed. Tribute to Charles Munch – A Strasburger in Boston = BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette Symphonie – Queen Mab Scherzo; FRANCK: Le Chasseur Maudit; SAINT-SAENS: La Princesse Jaune Overture, Op 30; Le Rouet d’Omphale. Op. 31; DEBUSSY: Fetes fr. Trois Nocturnes; […]
CHOPIN: Works – David Fray, p. – Erato
CHOPIN: Works [TrackList follows] – David Fray, p. – Erato LC 02822, 68:32 (2/3/17) *****: A carefully-designed Chopin recital weighted towards crepuscular reverie. As midnight approached and the crowd sorted itself into the right kind of people receptive to genius, Chopin, (according to the famous account by Berlioz), would make his way to the piano. […]
Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – Works of MENDELSSOHN, BERLIOZ, WEBER, WAGNER, & R. STRAUSS – Pristine Audio
The earliest Bruno Walter records reveal a committed Romantic conductor in music in the German tradition. Bruno Walter – The Complete Columbia Acoustic Recordings – WEBER: Overture to Der Freischuetz; MENDELSSOHN: Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61; BERLIOZ: Menuet of the Will-o’-the-Wisps from La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24; WAGNER: Tristan und Isolde: […]
BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette ‒ Soloists/ Valery Gergiev on London Sym. Live SACD & Soloists/Robin Ticciati on Linn CD
BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette ‒ Olga Borodina, mezzo-sop. / Kenneth Tarver, tenor / Evgeny Nikitin, bass-bari. / Guildhall School Singers / London Sym. Chorus / London Sym. Orch. / Valery Gergiev ‒ London Symphony Live 2SACD LSO0762 (2 SACDs), 57:06, 33:19 (7/8/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ***: BERLIOZ: Roméo et Juliette ‒ Katija Dragojevic, mezzo-sop. / Andrew […]
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique – Royal Concertgebouw Orch. /Daniele Gatti – RCO
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (1830) – Royal Concertgebouw Orch. /Daniele Gatti – rec. live, April 1 & 3, 2016 – RCO multichannel SACD RCO16006, 57:30 (9/9/16) [Dist. by Naxos] ** 1/2: Not the fire I would expect from Gatti and Berlioz. Daniele Gatti has been helming the Concertgebouw for two years, replacing Mariss Jansons […]
Monteux at Tanglewood, Vol. 4 – BEETHOVEN: Sym. No. 2; R. STRAUSS: A Hero’s Life – Pristine Audio
A fourth entry into the Monteux legacy at Tanglewood delivers mirth and heroism, at once. Monteux at Tanglewood, Vol. 4 (1962) – BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36; R. STRAUSS: Ein Heledenleben, Op. 40 – Boston Sym. Orch./ Pierre Monteux – Pristine Audio PASC 481, 72:30 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] […]
Fabiren Sevitzky & the Indianapolis Sym. Vol. I – Pristine Audio
Mark Obert-Thorn restores the World Premiere recording of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Fabien Sevitzky – Indianapolis Symphony Vol. 1 = TCHAIKOVSKY: Manfred Sym. in b minor, Op. 58; Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24; GLINKA: Russlan and Ludmilla Ov.; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Dubinushka, Op. 62; LIADOV: Baba Yaga, Op. 56 – Indianapolis Sym. Orch./ Fabien Sevitzky – […]
Beecham – The ABC Blue Network Concerts, Volume 2: A Tribute Concert in Memory of President Roosevelt = Works of WAGNER, SIBELIUS, SCHUBERT, BERLIOZ, TCAIKOVSKY, MOZART – Blue Network Sym./Beecham – Pristine
The April 14, 1945 concert by Sir Thomas Beecham pays fine tribute to the nation’s loss. Beecham – The ABC Blue Network Concerts, Volume 2: A Tribute Concert in Memory of President Roosevelt = WAGNER: Siegfried’s Funeral March; SIBELIUS: Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 46: The Death of Melisande; MOZART: Divertimento in D, K. 131: Adagio; […]
Romeo & Juliet = TCHAIKOVSKY, BERLIOZ, PROKOFIEV – Kondrashin/Monteux /Mravinsky – Praga
Despite an askew assemblage, the Romantic ethos of these scores has exemplary conductors at their respective helms. Romeo & Juliet = TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet – Overture Fantasy in b minor; BERLIOZ: Romeo et Juliette Symphonie, Op. 17: four excerpts; PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet Ballet – Suite 2, Op. 64b – Moscow Philharmonic Orch./ Kyrill […]
JEAN MARTINON Conducts Music by IBERT, SAINT-SAENS & BERLIOZ – Paris Conservatoire Orch. – HDTT
Celebrating Jean Martinon’s Decca legacy in fine transfers from commercial reel tapes. Jean Martinon Conducts Music by IBERT, SAINT-SAENS & BERLIOZ – Paris Conservatoire Orch. – HDTT [various formats including hi-res PCM & DSD from www.highdeftapetransfers.com] (This one is DSD 64) 53:34 *****: This splendid compilation of Decca recordings made with the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra under […]