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Berlioz: Harold en Italie/ Ballet Music from Les Troyens

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release date: January 2007

Originally recorded in 2007


London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Tabea Zimmermann



Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson


Tony Faulkner

(Harold en Italie)

Simon Rhodes

(Les Troyens)

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 51:25
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Harold en Italie

1 I Harold aux Montagnes 14:08
  Scènes de mélancolie, de bonheur et de joie  
  Harold in the Mountains. Scenes of melancholy, happiness and joy  
  Adagio - Allegro  
2 II Marche des pèlerins chantant la pirère du soir 7:52
  March of the pilgrims singing the evening prayer  
3 III Sérénade d'un montagnard des Abruzzes à sa maîtresse 6:28
  Serenade of an Abruzzian mountain-dweller to his mistress  
  Allegro asai - Allegretto  
4 IV Orgie de brigands 11:26
  Souvenirs des scènes précédentes  
  Brigands' orgy - Reminiscences of earlier scenes  
  Allegro frenetico - Adagio - Allegro  

Balet Music from Les Troyens

5 Marche pour l'entrée de la reine 1:25
6 Pas des almées 4:28
7 Danse des enclaves - 4:15
8 Pas d'esclaves nubiennes 1:23

Sir Colin Davis returns to Berlioz in the year of the composer’s bicentenary, following the worldwide praise and numerous awards that greeted his first five Berlioz recordings on LSO Live. The new release, recorded in February 2003 with Tabea Zimmermann, is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated classical CDs.

"Soloist Tabea Zimmermann gets the sound just right. Her sound is sensuously rich ... Davis relishes the emotional extravagance of it all."


Evening Standard - July 2003

"Davis remains an incomparable Berliozian, relishing the composer’s astonishingly pictorial orchestral panoramas as if encountering them for the first time. And Zimmermann is his best "Harold" yet, perfectly capturing the aching, yearning soul of the score’s unifying character ..."
                 *** Classical CD of the Week ***

Sunday Times - June 2003

"This is a scorcher ... in Tabea Zimmermann it has a viola soloist as characterful as Davis’s conducting and the LSO’s playing."
             Artistic Quality 10 - Sound Quality 10 -     **** Disc of the Month **** -July 2003

"... the performance appears even more beautiful than it was live. There are not many viola gods or goddesses in the world, but Zimmermann is one ... Davis brings formidable experience and maturity to his job as master of revels."

The Times - July 2003

"...poetic, exciting and beautifully shaped. Tabea Zimmermann gives a remarkable account of the viola part ... Her control of dynamics is extraordinary. The orchestral soloists are equally superb."

Sunday Telegraph - July 2003

"Colin Davis’s Berlioz is so much in a class of its own that any recording he makes comes automatically recommended. But this account seems to outstrip even Davis’s own ... The soloist is the marvellous Tabea Zimmermann; her noble tone and commanding presence are perfectly etched against the orchestral backdrop."

The Guardian - July 2003

"Another outstanding Berlioz recording from the leading interpreter of the composer today and his peerless LSO. Tabea Zimmermann is superb ... Another triumph in the LSO’s Berlioz Odyssey."
 *** Record of the Month ***


Gramophone - September 2003

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