BERLIOZ  Symphonie Fantastique Orchestre Révolutio


Symphonie Fantastique
Orchestre Révolutionnaire
et Romantique
John Eliot Gardiner
Int. Release 22 Jan. 1993
CD 0289 434 4022 6 ph Philips DDD

Track List

Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H 48

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

Total Playing Time: 53:21

. . . [an] outstanding "period instrument" version. The word that comes to mind repeatedly during the driven but crisply articulate first two movements is "dashing". Gardiner is excellent at long crescendos: well controlled build-ups, then the emotion boiling over at the climax. It isn't just in the big outpourings of feeling that he scores: at the beginning of the central lonely pastorale, the flavoursome 19th-century French oboe and cor anglais are two voices calling to each other across wide spaces, in the background a sense of growing unease. Discomfort and deliciously grotesque orchestral colouring grow splendidly during the "March to the Scaffold". The finale is a sinister spine-tingler . . .