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  Berlioz: Overtures - RPO/Gibson
  Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini Overture Op. 33, Les Francs Juges Overture Op. 3, Le Corsaire Overture Op. 21, Beatrice et Benedict Overture, Waverley Overture Op. 1, King Lear Overture Op. 4

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Alexander Gibson (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 2

Review by Allan1us November 7, 2005 (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
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The great Sir Alexander recorded this in 1995 the year of his death and yet the performances have the verve and enthusiasm of a young man in his prime. The brass of the RPO roar out with an excellent rasp and the strings respond with a silky athleticism. 4.5 stars from me for an excellent digital recording.

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Review by Luukas September 27, 2015 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Wonderful tribute to Sir Alexander Gibson. He recorded this disc just shortly before his death but still there were the energy of the young man.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has published 150 discs in their collection "Royal Philharmonic" - as the booklet says "the only collection you will ever need". The results - especially on surround - aren't always very impressive: the bass side is often too strong and there are only short pauses between the tracks.
But happily this one is true winner: it is magnificently performed and vividly recorded. There aren't many SACDs of this program - the only challenger is Sir Andrew Davis and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Chandos) - and this is absolutely my own "Budget Choice". Gibson's tempi are mostly briskly - listen the begin of the "Benvenuto Cellini" - but he gives also time for the lyrical moments.
Highly recommended album! Don't hesitate, buy this as soon as possible!

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Works: 6  

Hector Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict, H 138
Hector Berlioz - Grande ouverture de Benvenuto Cellini, H 76B
Hector Berlioz - Grande ouverture de Waverley, H 26
Hector Berlioz - Grande ouverture des Francs-Juges, H 23D
Hector Berlioz - Grande ouverture du Roi Lear, H 53
Hector Berlioz - Le Corsaire (Overture), H 101B