CD Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Romeo & Juliet, Muti/Philadelphia

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Discs 2
Record Label EMI Classics
Release Date 2011

"Muti can suggest a sensibility driven to the edge of sanity by its nightmare," wrote Gramophone of this intense interpretations of Berlioz's visionary Symphonie fantastique, judging it among the finest recordings of the work and praising the conductor's mastery at "holding the thread of arguments together firmly, while never minimizing the incidental excitement." Joining Muti and his Philadelphia forces in the "dramatic symphony" Romeo et Juliette is soprano Jessye Norman, supreme in Berlioz's vocal music.


Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique

Hector Berlioz, Romeo et Juliette

Jessye Norman (mezzo soprano)
John Aler (tenor)
Simon Estes (bass)

The Westminster Choir, Joseph Flummerfelt (director)
Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)