Berlioz

Joseph Szigeti (violin): Complete AFRS Recordings and Live Performances (Biddulph)

An attractive programme of rare items from Szigeti’s discography [JW]

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (BR Klassik)

A disappointingly dull reading in mediocre sound [RMo]

Berlioz’s Béatrice & Bénédict

by Ralph Moore

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Sandrine Piau (soprano) Reflet (Alpha Classics)

An attractive programme of French orchestral songs that will provide much enjoyment, but there are better versions of the well-known songs [PT]

Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

A survey by Ralph Moore

Gloire immortelle! Grandes oeuvres patriotiques (Château de Versailles)

A pleasant romp through the realm of French patriotic music and beyond [MP]

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Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette (ICA Classics)

There’s much for Rozhdestvensky’s admirers to enjoy here [JQ]

Artur Rodziński (conductor): The Complete Columbia Album Collection (Sony Classical)

Sony’s second Rodziński box fills a significant gap from his Cleveland years [JH]

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Karl Eliasberg (conductor): Schumann & Berlioz (Maestro Editions)

New light on a largely forgotten conductor – and in better sound than previously thought [RMay]

Berlioz: Herminie, Les nuits d’été, Cléopâtre (Arte Verum)

Impressive live performances by a singer of surprising vocal endurance but they don’t stand up against the best [RMo]

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Berlioz: Les nuits d’été and other songs (Virgin Classics)

(Déjà Review) Véronique Gens joins the exalted ranks of Crespin and Baker for top placing in Les nuits dété, and comes top of the list for modern recordings. A truly beautiful record [CC]

Berlioz: L’Enfance du Christ  (Hyperion)

(Déjà Review) A performance to love and to cherish [SV]

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Karl Eliasberg (conductor): Schumann & Berlioz (Maestro Editions)

This transfer from a chuff-spattered LP is a non-starter [JW]

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (RCA)

(Déjà Review) If you don’t have a favorite recording already, this is a disc that you should consider [PG]

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The Paris Opera 1900-1960 (Malibran Music)

Ten very well-filled discs documenting six glorious decades at the Paris Opera [RMo]

Roger Norrington (conductor) Sacred Music (SWR Classic)

Choral masterpieces of the 19th century, in stirring performances [RWe]

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Fatma Said (soprano) (Warner Classics)

A ravishing debut album that heralds a great future for this artist [MP]

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Berlioz: Les Troyens (LSO Live)

(Déjà Review) The finest opera CD I have heard this year [MB]

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Otto Klemperer (conductor): The Remastered Edition (Warner Classics)

Klemperer consolidated; his full Warner legacy in best-yet transfers [JW]

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette & Cléopâtre (Erato)

Two fine Berlioz performances from John Nelson [JQ]

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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) One of the classic performances of this symphony [CH]

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Joseph Szigeti (violin) European Columbia Recordings Vol. 3 (Pristine Audio)

Concertos and duos from Szigeti’s peak [JW]

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La Valse (Hänssler Classic)

These wind orchestra arrangements could hardly be better played [MC]

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Julius Prüwer (conductor) Forgotten Maestro (Pristine Audio)

A welcome restoration of the recordings of a largely overlooked German conductor [JW]