Berlioz: Harold en Italie
Catalogue Number LSO0040
James Mallinson producer
Tony Faulkner sound engineer
Recorded February 2003, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch
Le Monde de la Musique’s Choc de l'année
Gramophone Magazine’s Record of the Month
'Another outstanding Berlioz recording from the leading interpreter of the composer today and his peerless LSO. Tabea Zimmermann is superb ... Another triumph in the LSO's Berlioz Odyssey.'
Classic Today’s Disc of the Month
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10: 'This is a scorcher ... in Tabea Zimmermann it has a viola soloist as characterful as Davis's conducting and the LSO's playing.'
The Sunday Times’ Classical CD of the Week
'Davis remains an incomparable Berliozian, relishing the composer's astonishingly pictorial orchestral panoramas as if encountering them for the first time. And Zimmermann is his best "Harold" yet, perfectly capturing the aching, yearning soul of the score's unifying character.'
'Colin Davis's Berlioz is so much in a class of its own that any recording he makes comes automatically recommended. But this account seems to outstrip even Davis's own ... The soloist is the marvellous Tabea Zimmermann; her noble tone and commanding presence are perfectly etched against the orchestral backdrop.'
'Poetic, exciting and beautifully shaped. Tabea Zimmermann gives a remarkable account of the viola part ... Her control of dynamics is extraordinary. The orchestral soloists are equally superb.'
'The performance appears even more beautiful than it was live. There are not many viola gods or goddesses in the world, but Zimmermann is one ... Davis brings formidable experience and maturity to his job as master of revels.'
'Soloist Tabea Zimmermann gets the sound just right. Her sound is sensuously rich ... Davis relishes the emotional extravagance of it all.'
Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis returned to Berlioz in the year of the composer's bicentenary, following the worldwide praise and numerous awards that greeted his first five Berlioz recordings on LSO Live. This release, recorded in February 2003 with Tabea Zimmermann, was one of the year's most eagerly anticipated classical CDs.
|Conductor||Sir Colin Davis|
|Performers||London Symphony Orchestra|
2. Harold en Italie, Op 16: II. Marche des pélerins chantant la priere du soir
3. Harold en Italie, Op 16: III. Sérénade d'un montagnard des abruzzes a sa maitresse
4. Harold en Italie, Op 16: IV. Orgie de brigands. Souvenirs des scenes precedentes
5. Les Troyens: Act IV, No 32 - Marche pour l'entree de la reine
6. Les Troyens: Act IV, No 33a - Pas des almees (Ballet)
7. Les Troyens: Act IV, No 33b - Danse des esclaves (Ballet)
8. Les Troyens: Act IV, No 33c - Pas d'esclaves Nubiennes