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The Best of Berlioz. Naxos 8.556678

Conductors: Jean, Kenneth; Steinberg, Pinchas; Talmi, Yoav

Orchestra(s): Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra, Katowice; San Diego
Symphony Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s): San Diego Master Chorale

Artist(s): Golani, Rivka; Gruppman, Igor

Way ahead of his time, misunderstood, and a rebel. It is difficult to
believe, as we hail Beethoven's achi­ev­ements, that the great German composer
had only been dead three years when Berlioz wrote the erotic Symphonie
Fantastique. It was not progress, it was a quantum leap forward for music.

Yet he was often shunned, the size and scope of such operas as The Trojans
totally alien to those who were still trying to come to terms with the
comparative conservatism of Beethoven's Fi­deli­o. Just imagine Brahms was not
yet born!

This disc is the ideal way to appreciate just how great and significant was
his music. From the boisterous Roman Carnival Overture, to the chilling March to
the Scaffold, here is the very best of Berlioz.

It is presented in outstanding performances, many from the partial cycle of
Berlioz made for Naxos by the virtuoso orchestra from San Diego. And it even
contains a novelty to titillate those who think they know a lot about Berlioz,
with the Rêverie et Caprice, a work of stunning beauty for violin and

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