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listen  1. Berlioz: Overture to Benvenuto Cellini11:02Album Only
listen  2. Berlioz: Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet16:45Album Only
listen  3. Berlioz: Three Excerpts from La damnation de Faust: Minuet of the Will-o'-the-Wisps 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Berlioz: Three Excerpts from La damnation de Faust: Dance of the Sylphs 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Berlioz: Three Excerpts from La damnation de Faust: Rakoczy March 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture 8:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Berlioz: Trojan March from Les Troyens 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Berlioz: Royal Hunt & Storm from Les Troyens10:20Album Only
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  • Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Passarella on May 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
On paper at least, this seems like an attractive sampler. And it is, as far as the music is concerned. These bits and pieces are some of the most inspired music from Berlioz's long masterworks for voices and orchestra such as Damnation de Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Les Troyens, and Benvenuto Cellini. In sterling performances, they're really enlivening music. Here, for a variety of reasons, they don't make the impact they usually do. First of all, Zinman, whom I usually admire, doesn't seem to warm up to the music. Maybe it's not his cup of tea--more of a Beethoven-and-contemporary music man, based on the stuff I've heard that he does really well. Also, as recorded here, the Baltimore Symphony doesn't seem to have the heft for Berlioz's dazzling orchestral display. Next to, say, the Montreal Symphony, which has done a lot of this music very successfully on disc, the Baltimore is lacking.

Then, as I suggest, a large part of the problem is the recording. Telarc's legendary recording technique don't seem to translate well to the Meyerhoff Hall, at least not in this recording; there's even some distortion in thickly scored passages. Argo/Decca got the measure of the hall better in their later and far more successful recordings from Baltimore.

So I say, shop around. You'll do far better with Dutoit, Davis, Nagano, Plasson, Nelson, et al.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "danielinyaracuy" on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a good CD but not a great one. Mr. Zinman gives a decent rendition of some of the French "classics" and the Baltimore symphony is up to the task. In the defense of Mr. Zinman one must recognize that there is probably no real good way to play Berlioz. But the real value of this CD is to introduce one to Berlioz who still today does not rate as high as one would like; not to mention its status of "only one opus composer" that the Symphonie Fantastique seems to give him sometimes. The inclusion of Berlioz transcription of the Marseillaise is a curious touch. Berlioz tried to dignify what was after all a soldiers motivational anthem to go and kill into a more respectable piece suitable for a serious country. Nice try. However it is still an interesting and hyperactive piece and if we must listen to it on occasion we might as well do it here. In sum, here we have a nice mix that can be played as background music when we need to be energized.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Schroeder on July 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a rather boring performance of the Berlioz version of La Marseillaise with poor recording quality. I ended up giving this CD to GoodWill. For the Hector Berlioz version of La Marseillaise, I would recommend the performance by the Chicago Symphony under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. If you are looking for a rousing performance of La Marseillaise (not the Berlioz version), look for the performance by Mireille Mathieu, which you can find on the web.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Sanity Inspector on February 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you've heard Toscanini's snappy Rakozcy March, then the lumbering version on this disc will just leave you frustrated. The Marseillaise here is pretty turgid, too. Not much else leaves even that much of a lasting impression. Okay if you can get it budget-priced.
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Except for the Marseillaise setting -- where the balances between soloists, choirs, and orchestra seem artificial -- the recorded sound here is stunningly good. I sometimes think that Telarc gave Zinman a quality of sound that he never got before or since, and when the performance matches that, the results are special (as in the Rachmaninov Second Symphony, for example). Here, though, everything feels too well-behaved. There's opulence without much passion in the "Romeo and Juliet" music, the Cellini overture sounds sectionalized, the Racoczy March from "The Damnation of Faust" isn't threatening. The Baltimore musicians sound very good, and it's all very tidy -- but you're better off with Colin Davis in this music, though in my opinion nine minutes of the Marseillaise is better left unheard no matter who plays it. Great melody, great country . . . but come on . . .
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