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CD Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Lelio, Muti/Depardieu/CSO & Chorus

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Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti’s first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s tenth music director, this double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art.

Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

 “… to hear this pairing of works as Berlioz intended was fascinating.” (New York Times)

“The vivid, evocative and beautifully detailed performance the maestro elicited from his platoons of performers— including narrator, soloists and full Chorus, in magnificent voice—drew a thunderous ovation from the packed auditorium.” (Chicago Tribune)

Track Listing:

Disc 1: Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

  1. Rêveries - Passions
  2. Un bal
  3. Scène aux champs
  4. Marche au supplice
  5. Songe d’une nuit du sabbat

Disc 2: Hector Berlioz, Lélio, ou le retour à la vie, Op. 14b

  1. Narration
  2. Le pêcheur
  3. Narration
  4. Choeur d’ombres
  5. Narration
  6. Chanson des brigands
  7. Narration
  8. Chant de bonheur
  9. Narration
  10. La harpe éolienne - Souvenirs
  11. Narration
  12. Fantaisie sur “La Tempete” de Shakespeare
  13. Narration
  14. Coda

Gérard Depardieu (narrator)
Mario Zeffiri (tenor)
Kyle Ketelsen (bass-baritone)
Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe (director)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)

  • 2
  • CSO Resound
  • 2015
  • 2010
  • EAN 810449010030
  • Weight 708
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