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Discussion: Berlioz: Harold en Italie - Berthaud, Slatkin

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Post by diw June 21, 2014 (1 of 5)
Looking forward to this one. Naxos is not my favorite recording team, but we are not likely to see this viola concerto on SACD anytime soon.

Post by Ubertrout June 21, 2014 (2 of 5)
At least not in a modern recirding, but I'm not positive why. Of course, there's always Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Overtures - Munch

Post by Chris from Lafayette June 21, 2014 (3 of 5)
diw said:

Looking forward to this one. Naxos is not my favorite recording team, but we are not likely to see this viola concerto on SACD anytime soon.

On the basis of listening to the phlegmatic run-through of the "Symphonie fantastique" by Slatkin and the ONdL on an earlier Naxos blu-ray audio, I daresay that Mr. Slatkin is hardly the Berlioz conductor of our hopes and dreams. Moreover, the engineers in Lyon are not getting the excellent sonic results that other Naxos engineers regularly get at many of their other locations, such as Warsaw, Detroit (with Slatkin!), and Bournemouth.

Nevertheless, like you, I still might throw some money at this new "Harold" anyway, just out of desperation! ;-)

Post by Luke July 9, 2014 (4 of 5)
Well, after hearing it once, I must say that I'm dissapointed. First, it.s like listening to a stereo recording. Hardly anything going on in the rear speakers. Then the sound is somewhat bland.
As for the artistic quality, I'm not qualified to judge. I hear this for the first time. It is definitely Berlioz :-)

Post by Chris from Lafayette August 4, 2014 (5 of 5)
Luke said:

Well, after hearing it once, I must say that I'm dissapointed. First, it.s like listening to a stereo recording. Hardly anything going on in the rear speakers. Then the sound is somewhat bland.
As for the artistic quality, I'm not qualified to judge. I hear this for the first time. It is definitely Berlioz :-)

Hmm. . . I still don't have it, but it's possible that this new recording is better than Slatkin's Symphonie fantastique - looks as if there's a positive review here on this site now. (Maybe the soloist, Lise Berthaud, woke Slatkin up from his usual lethargy with this composer!)

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