Magazine article Gramophone

Berlioz * Liszt: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14

Magazine article Gramophone

Berlioz * Liszt: Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Op 14

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Berlioz * Liszt

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op 14

Liszt Les preludes, S97

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra / Daniel Barenboim

Decca [F] 478 5350DH (68' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, August 21,2009

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Barenboim's Fantastique live from the 2009 Proms

Daniel Barenboim's time at the BBC Proms this summer was entirely taken up with Wagner's Ring but four years ago he brought his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to the Albert Hall for this programme of Liszt's Les preludes and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. This is the recording of that performance on August 21, 2009.

There are, of course, dozens of competing discs of the Symphonie fantastique in the catalogue, and only last year Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra produced a benchmark interpretation on Linn. But this one has the perceptible atmosphere of a live occasion, the young musicians of the West-Eastern Divan reacting alertly and unanimously to Barenboim's sense of the music's character and expressive contours. …

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