Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 18 (2016)

Berlioz

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Daniele Gatti

 

Daniele Gatti: ‘Berlioz enriched my stay in Paris immeasurably. Not just with the orchestra, but as an ordinary citizen. I lived in the city, I had a little apartment, and I experienced the city like a Parisian. I read a lot of history, I’m mad about the French Revolution, and I became aware how at that historic, epic moment, the world changed completely. Not just in politics, but also in the arts. The Enlightenment developed into the Sturm und Drang of the Romantic era. Berlioz is the clearest example of that, a composer who demonstrates quite literally what it means to be a ‘Romantic’ in a very personal sense: to consider the ordinary as extraordinary, the familiar as strange, the everyday as sacred, and the finite as infinite. In September of 2014, I conducted Roméo et Juliette with the Orchestre National, and it was then that I said, before I leave Paris I also want to do the Symphonie fantastique.’

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is lauded by the most authoritative international critics as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Known for its unique sound and stylistic flexibility, it has worked with all the leading composers and conductors. Indeed, such composers as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky conducted the orchestra on more than one occasion. Only seven chief conductors have led the orchestra since it was founded in 1888: Willem Kes, Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons and – starting in the 2016–17 season – Daniele Gatti. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy provides instruction in orchestral playing to young, talented musicians. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra undertook an extensive world tour in 2013 on the occasion of its 125th anniversary. Her Royal Highness Queen Máxima is the orchestra’s patron.

photo by Anne Dokter (from Press Photos on Artist Website)

Daniele Gatti

Considered the ‘foremost conductor of his generation,’Italian conductor Daniele Gatti has galvanized the music world with his dramatic and instinctive style. A charismatic maestro, he demonstrates an equal mastery of the orchestra and the opera stage, delivering consistently probing inter-pretations imbued with fire and refined sensitivity.

Music Director of the Royal Phil-harmonic Orchestra since 1996, Gatti has inspired audiences and critics alike with his enraptured performances; his recordings have attracted enthusiastic notices. Since 1998, Gatti is also Music Director of Bologna’s opera house, the Teatro Comunale, and has conducted opera to great acclaim the world over. 
A native of Milan, Daniele Gatti studied piano and violin at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, earning his degree in composition and conducting. Following his La Scala début at the age of 27, he led productions at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice, the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Berlin Staats-oper and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Maestro Gatti was Music Director of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome from 1992 to 1997 as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Opera

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Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 18 (2016)

Berlioz

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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"This album is being released to mark the commencement of Gatti's tenure as Music Director with the Concertgebouw. This relationship is already very special. In terms of heritage, the Concertgebouw have this music in their blood. Gatti's conception is a worthy successor yet also rather different. The first difference of note is that Gatti chooses to place the violins antiphonally which serves to clarify string textures throughout the work. The second, arguably the most noticeable, difference is that the first introduction of the idee fixe is given a great deal of space: in Gatti's own words from the booklet "And so I took the tempo just a little bit slower there." This decision is, to these ears, something of an understatement but one to which the listener quickly adjusts. After the double bar, the idee fixe is transferred to the violas, cellos and basses whereupon Gatti gives a rather unusual take on the dynamic instructions which is far more disconcerting than the earlier relaxation of the tempo. Generally though, the textural balances are marvellously clean and one would never guess that this recording emanated from concert performances. The recording served up here is nothing short of sensational. It's scarcely credible from the lack of audience noise that this derives from concert performances, the clarity is astounding (even for this hall) and the reflection of the playing in the dynamic range is simply wonderful. This is simply outstanding music making and one can quite see why this collaboration became the prelude to their longer term relationship. Better yet, the recording is as good as the performance. Performance and Multichannel Sonics: 5 Star Rating."

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Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique, Op. 18 (2016)

Berlioz

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Digital Converters: Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Everett Porter
Mastering Room: B&W Nautilus
Microphones: Neumann, Schoeps
Producer: Everett Porter
Recording Engineer: Everett Porter, Karel Bruggeman, Lauran Jurrius
Recording location: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 - I. Reveries - Passions
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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 - II. Un Bal
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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 - III. Scene aux Champs
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Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H. 48 - V. Songe d'une Nuit du Sabbat
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