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Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique - SCO & Ticciati - Early Music Review


01 June 2012
Early Music Review

One of my mentors didn't rate Berlioz - 'couldn't write a decent bass line' was a regular comment. But Hector did have an astonishing musical imagination and an equally remarkable ear for colour. This isn't an ostensibly HIP performance though there are many features that will appeal to EMR readers. There is no self-indulgence here - ensemble is really tight and the crisp dotted rhythms in the Marche au supplice would satisfy Lully at even his most tyrannical. The final movement is perhaps a little too controlled but as a whole the performance is very exciting. The only place where I really missed the sound of Norrington's  notable period instrument recording was the entry of the relatively tubby sounding modern harps in Un Bal. The little known but enjoyable filler also has the basic virtues of clarity and drive and David Cairns's notes are authoritative and interesting (though in English only).


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