Sir Simon Rattle - Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique & La mort de Cleopatre


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Having championed Russian and German repertoire in their first three releases of 2008, Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker turned to French music for their latest CD, specifically the Symphonie fantastique and La mort de Cléopâtre by Hector Berlioz. The Grammy-Award winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham is featured in La mort de Cléopâtre.

Not long ago, Rattle said of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s sound: "It's like an enormous heat source that comes at you, and you feel as though you can burn in it." The orchestra bring the intensity Rattle describes directly to bear on Berlioz’s work, undaunted by the fire in late May 2008 at Berlin’s Philharmonie that resulted in a last minute change of date and venue to Berlin’s Jesus Christ Kirche for the recording of this album.

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: I. Reveries - Passions
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: II. Un bal
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: III. Scene aux champs
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: IV. Marche au supplice
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat
Berlioz: La mort de Cleopatre: I. Scene lyrique
Berlioz: La mort de Cleopatre: II. Meditation

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