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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Munch

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique - Munch

Sony Classical (Japan)  SICC-10325/6 (2 discs)

Stereo Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Harold en Italie, Royal hunt and storm (Les Troyens), Le Carnival romain, Béatrice et Bénédict, Le Corsaire, Benvenuto Cellini

William Primrose*, viola
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch, piano

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Comment by Don_Angelo - September 11, 2020 (1 of 1)

Munch has been an advocate of Berlioz music with Monteux and has conducted the Symphonie Fantastique countless times. His officially released legacy on that work alone amount to fourteen recordings so far, spanning from 1949 to 1967. Six of which being with the Boston Symphony.
It is worth mentioning that this set includes the April 1962 performance, which differs from the 2004 release by BMG which used the stereo take from the November 1954. The 1962 performance being generally considered more refined with better orchestral setup, a more faithful reading of the score.

This set is a nice patchwork of very well-known Living Stereo recordings, some of which were already available as SACD, all being remastered for this release. I have not had the time to compare this incarnation to its predecessors yet, that particular Fantastique being my very favorite in Munch. I would however praised the sonics of this release being on pair with the quality of the performances.