Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & Lélio

Philippe Jordan · conductor

Performers

Philippe Jordan, conductor
Cyrille Dubois, tenor
Florian Sempey, baritone
Ingrid Marsoner, piano
Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Wiener Symphoniker
Johannes Prinz, choirmaster
Jean-Philippe Lafont, narrator

Works

Hector Berlioz
"Symphonie fantastique" op. 14
Hector Berlioz
"Lélio ou Le retour à la vie" ("Lelio or The Return to Live"), Lyric Monodram for Speaker, Tenor, Bass, Chorus, Piano and Orchestra op. 14b

Tracks

CD 1
54:36
Hector Berlioz
"Symphonie fantastique" op. 14
1.
1. Satz: "Rêveries, Passions"
15:16
2.
2. Satz: "Un Bal"
6:32
3.
3. Satz: "Scène aux champs"
15:37
4.
4. Satz: "Marche au supplice"
6:57
5.
5. Satz: "Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat"
10:14
CD 2
35:48
"Lélio ou Le retour à la vie" ("Lelio oder Die Rückkehr ins Leben"), Lyrisches Monodram für Sprecher, Tenor, Bass, gemischter Chor, Klavier und Orchester op. 14b
2.
I. "Le pêcheur" ("Der Fischer")
5:26
4.
II. "Choeur d'ombres" ("Chor der Schatten")
5:33
6.
III. "Chansons de brigands" ("Brigands' Lied")
3:52
8.
IV. "Chant de bonheur" ("Lied der Freude")
5:05
10.
V. "La harpe éolienne" ("Die äolische Harfe")
2:34
12.
VI. "Fantaisie sur 'La Tempête' de Shakespeare" (Fantasie über 'Der Sturm' von Shakespeare)
13:18
Total playing time90:24
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This five-movement symphony is the first narrative piece of musical composition in the proper sense of the word. In the Symphonie fantastique, the trauma of a hypersensitive ego at loss with himself and his unrequited love is dealt with musically. Berlioz gave a scenic specification of the individual phases of the partly regressive development of this ego, which ends in complete loss of self: (I) “Dreams, Passions”, (II) “A ball”, (III) “Scene in the Country”, (IV) “March to the Scaffold”, and (V) “Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath”. It is a tragic interplay of unreal reality and the reality of delusional excesses. In his conception of Lélio, Berlioz initially strove for a maximum of literarization. Lélio’s “experience” is that of diversity; its “story” consists in preserving both this diversity and tonal colourfulness as a series of experiences. If Berlioz called both compositions, the Symphonie fantastique and Le Retour à la vie, an Épisode de la vie d’un artiste, then he considered this “episode” as the epitome of an “idée musicale romantique”. At the same time this means that Berlioz considered romanticism to be something consisting of episodic soul experiences, immersed in hues of minor. A recording at the Goldener Saal des Musikverein Wien in November 2018 with the Wiener Symphoniker, Cyrille Dubois, Florian Sempey, Ingrid Marsoner, the Wiener Singverein and Johannes Prinz under the direction of the chief conductor of the Wiener Symphoniker, Philippe Jordan.

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Berlioz Symphonie fantastique & Lélio
Symphonie fantastique & Lélio

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