Berlioz

Swedish RSO, Daniel Harding - Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite de Hippolyte et Aricie (2016)

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique; Rameau - Suite de Hippolyte et Aricie (2016)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 303 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Harmonia Mundi | # HMC902244 | Time: 01:10:51

A world might seem to divide the unbridled Romanticism of Berlioz from the highly controlled Late Baroque art of Rameau. However, separated by less than a century, the same passion links these two works that prove more similar than their stylistic divergence might suggest. There is the same audacity in orchestration, combined with an innate sense of drama that springs repeated rhythmic and harmonic surprises. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra shows its versatility under Daniel Harding, who posses a matchless gift for establishing a dialogue between these two pioneering geniuses.
Kiri Te Kanawa, Jessye Norman, Daniel Barenboim - Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'ete, Op. 7; La Mort de Cleopatre (1982)

Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7; La Mort de Cléopâtre (1982)
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Jessye Norman, soprano
Orchestre de Paris; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 184 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans ~ 58 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 594-2 | Time: 00:52:19

Kiri Te Kanawa does well by these songs, avoiding the billowing excesses of sentiment that in other hands (or vocal chords) can make them sound much too soggy. Although Berlioz gathered them all together under the present title, all of the songs were composed at different times for different singers, so they aren't really a cycle at all. I seldom listen to all of them at once, and you should feel free to take them in any order that suits you. "The Death of Cleopatra" is an early cantata that perfectly suits Jessye Norman's stately delivery. She's always at her best playing royalty, and if they're dying in mortal agony, so much the better.
Hector Berlioz - Complete Orchestral Works (1997) (6CD Box Set) {Philips Classics}

Hector Berlioz - Complete Orchestral Works (1997) (6CD Box Set)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Artwork | 1877 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 1096 mb
Classical, Romantic | Label: Philips Classics - 456 143-2

Berlioz was the first Romantic master of the orchestra. His music hasn't been surpassed in terms of sheer brilliance and accuracy of effect. This set includes all of the overtures, the Symphonie fantastique, Harold in Italy, the Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens, orchestral music from The Damnation of Faust and Romeo and Juliet, and the completely insane Grande Symphonie funebre et triumphale. Davis achieved his reputation as a conductor as a Berlioz specialist, and he proves an expert advocate on behalf of this stimulating, bizarre, and totally original genius.
Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2013) [Blu-Ray]

Antonio Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Berlioz: Les Troyens (2013) [Blu-Ray]
2xBluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 254 min | 33,0 Gb+31,1 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean

Les Troyens is a tour de force that ranges from fiery military marches to intense choruses, passionate soliloquies and the lyrical love duets of Dido and Aeneas. For Hector Berlioz, librettist and composer, the opera became the work of decades and the passion of a lifetime, the culmination of his literary love affair with Virgil's Aeneid and with two tragic heroines, Cassandra and Dido. David McVicar's staging is on an enormous scale, assembling one of the largest casts ever seen at Covent Garden. The sweeping theme of the rise and fall of empires runs throughout Les Troyens, along with moving meditations on love and honour.
Berlioz - Les Troyens (Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra) [2002]

Berlioz - Les Troyens (Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra) [2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC, IMG+CUE, LOG | Covers | 4cd, 1010 MB
Classical | Label: LSO Live | Catalog Number: LSO0010 | TT: 3:59;28

Colin Davis’s 1969 recording remains a landmark event, the first time this grand opera of Meyerbeerian length, spectacular éclat and Wagnerian artistic ambition had found its way complete onto LP. It effectively changed views about Berlioz the opera composer and orchestral genius and has for many remained the yardstick by which all later performances have been judged. Although studio recorded, it was based on the Covent Garden casting of the day – Jon Vickers’s heroic Aeneas and Josephine Veasey’s voluptuous Dido – with a couple of Frenchmen to boost the ranks of lesser Trojans and Carthaginians…
Le Balcon, Maxime Pascal feat. Tonton A Faim - Berlioz & Lavandier: Symphonie Fantastique (2016)

Le Balcon, Maxime Pascal feat. Tonton A Faim - Berlioz & Lavandier: Symphonie Fantastique (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:43:50 | 252 MB
Label: Alpha

Puristes purs et durs, passez votre chemin ! Cette réécriture, cette « recréation » de la Symphonie fantastique de Berlioz signée Arthur Lavandier bousculera toutes les habitudes. Outre le fait que l’ensemble Le Balcon compte seulement une vingtaine de musiciens là où la partition originale en exige confortablement le quadruple, il y est fait usage de nombreux sons préenregistrés, le discours est de plus en plus modifié au fur et à mesure de l’évolution.
Sylvain Cambreling, Staatskapelle Berlin, Paul Groves, Vesselina Kasarova - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2000)

Sylvain Cambreling, Staatskapelle Berlin, Paul Groves, Vesselina Kasarova - Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust (2000)
PAL 16:9 (720x576) VBR | Français (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.60 Gb (DVD9) | 146 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: English, Deutsch, Nederlands

This imaginative staging of Berlioz's dramatic symphony for chorus, soloists and orchestra relies heavily on the moving of massed choirs across a large stage. It has vivid lighting effects–rather too many of them using strobes–and monolithic multi-purpose sets, in particular a revolving glass drum which functions both as cinema screen and rostrum for singers, so that the final ride to Hell, for example, is sung by Mephistopheles and Faust above a cavalcade of projected horses, like the inside of a zoetrope. The three main soloists have voices on a scale that can compete with these flashy production values–White and Kasarova, in particular, sing at a level of intensity that would swamp anything less; the climactic seduction trio has rarely been sung so well or with such an overpoweringly polymorphous eroticism. Cambreling marshals his forces effectively, giving full rein to the work's showstoppers like the "Hungarian March" but not neglecting the subtler less kinetic Gluckian side of Berlioz's vocal writing. (Roz Kaveney)
Hector Berlioz - BSO, Munch - Requiem (1959, SACD 2005) {2x Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC} [RE-UP]

Hector Berlioz - Requiem
Boston Symphony Orchestra - Charles Munch
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 3,60 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,57 GB | Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA "Living Stereo" # 82876-66373-2 | Country/Year: Europe 2005, 1959
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

…This is a performance that holds your attention from first note to last–a rare feat in this work. (Munch's later Deutsche Grammophon effort pales by comparison, both sonically and interpretively.) If you want this Berlioz Requiem (and you do), SACD is the way to hear it.
James Ehnes, Melbourne SO, Sir Andrew Davis - Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie; Rob-Roy; Reverie et Caprice (2015)

Hector Berlioz - Harold en Italie; Rob-Roy; Rêverie et Caprice (2015)
James Ehnes, violin & viola; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5155 | Time: 01:03:58

The nine-time Juno-winning Canadian James Ehnes is centre stage in a new recording of orchestral works by Berlioz, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. This recording was made following an extraordinary concert in November 2014 with the same forces, in which James Ehnes played two instruments made by Stradivarius, respectively a viola in the solo part of Harold en Italie – ‘symphony with a principal viola part’, in Berlioz’s words – and a violin in the solo of Rêverie et Caprice, both of which works feature here.
Hector Berlioz - BSO, Munch - Symphonie Fantastique (1954, SACD 2006) {Hybrid-SACD // ISO & HiRes FLAC} [RE-UP]

Hector Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique
Boston Symphony Orchestra / Charles Munch
SACD ISO (2.0/MCH): 2,20 GB | 24B/88,2kHz Stereo FLAC: 1,14 GB | NO Artwork | 5% Recovery Info
Label/Cat#: RCA "Living Stereo" # 8287667899 2 | Country/Year: Europe 2006, 1954
Genre: Classical | Style: Romantic

…His overwhelming natural affinity for French music made Charles Munch an ideal conductor for Berlioz’s swirling tour de force Symphonie Fantastique. Perfectly capturing the drama, romance & philosophical angst in which this masterpiece is marinated, Munch takes the Boston Symphony Orchestra on an epic journey of proportions only possible in the human heart & mind. A classic, reborn in vivid Living Stereo.