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Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
A must have for fan of Berlioz, Munch and any audiophile. a record from 1954 has never sound so good what an impressive transfert !
Best possible sound for this classical record
pro`s - dynamic - balance - sharpness con`s - not a all perfect - mastering could be better
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - Charles Munch
I have heard a number of performances of this piece and this is one of my favorites. This 1954 performance captures the a bit more of the energy, without being over the top, that some of the others. My current setup for listening is being reconstructed so I can no say too much about the technical aspects of the recording except that occasionally you can hear some tape hiss, but not so that it gets in the way. I also have the Royal Concertgebow recording under the direction of Gatti. I prefer this BSO version.
Berlioz' signature piece is certainly a wild ride of opium-induced ghosts, witches, goblins and gibbets. Indeed, does it invoke the question - for a conductor to "fully" interpret this nightmarish, psychedelic, double, double toil and trouble masterpiece, should they have dabbled in an illicit drug at least once in their lives............? It is difficult to imagine this work having been written only 3 years after Beethoven's death; I guess it's amazing what a marriage of drugs, to a bridled, head-over-heels infatuation for a woman you've only ever seen, but never actually met, can achieve. Munch, with this reading I suspect, is wanting a little in his experiences with drugs, so you won't be buying a ticket to the wildest ride on the programme (it's now safe to unstrap your seat belts). Nevertheless, his colours are magnificently brought to life in this HDTT remastering, where the instrumental clarity and orchestral balance is superbly captured. The orchestra plays with such fervent commitment, that the opulence of sound is always sumptuous and luscious. Here again, HDTT have wrung out every once of that white-hot intensity that is always a hallmark of this truly great and inspiring conductor, drugs notwithstanding!
A classic recording in the best possible sound
The Munch Fantastique has rightly been an acclaimed version of this score ever since its first release. He gets the shape, balane and structure of the work in a unique way; the Boston Symphony was easily the best French orchestra in the world with all virtuosity, style and panache to bring Munch's electrifying interpretation to life. This recording always sounded good but the mastering available here surpasses anything I have heard before with a truly remarkable combination of clarity, depth, and richness. A very satisfying purchase!
Title: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique op. 14
Artist(s): Charles Munch conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2-track tape
Recorded by RCA records 1954
Engineer - John Crawford / Producer - John Pfeiffer
1 I Reveries; Passions 13:23
2 II A Ball 6:12
3 III Scene In The Country 13:56
4 IV March To The Scaffold 4:30
5 V Dream Of The Witches' Sabbath 8:39
Total Time: 46:42