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Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette / Les Nuits D'Ete ~ Levine


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  • Performer: RIAS-Kammerchor, Ernst-Senff-Chor
  • Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Levine
  • Composer: Berlioz
  • Audio CD (September 10, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records / Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00000E4EI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Performer: RIAS-Kammerchor, Ernst-Senff-Chor Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Levine Composer: Berlioz

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DG must not have made much headway with this 1988 recording of Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet from Berlin, because it's out of print while multiple versions from Charles Munch, who more or less owned the piece, and Colin Davis, to whom the mantle was passed, remain in the catalog. But none of their sets matches the effortless virtuosity of the Berlin Phil., and Levine is more exciting than Davis, if not quite as spontaneous as Munch. Von Otter is lyrical and moving in her solos, better than any of her rivals.

She is the star among the soloists, although Langridge and Morris are fine--the former adopts a convincing French timbre and the latter, though not idiomatic, far outshines the wobbly Friar Laurence who mars the otherwise excellent live performance that Davis turned in with the LSO. The chorus is also wonderful here, a combinaiton of the RIAS chamber chorus and the professional Ernst Senf chorus. I won't go into detail about the performance, since it is no longer commerically available, but Levine emphasizes both delicate atmopshere and high energy. He has always been an outstanding conductor of French music and Berlioz in particular, a side of his career that's been overlooked too long. I would rate this without a doubt the best Romeo and Juliette I've heard in the digital era.
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