Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; La mort de Cléopâtre - Susan Graham (mezzo-soprano); Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Rattle (conductor)
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  1. Symphonie fantastique for orchestra ("Episode de la vie d'un Artiste...en cinq parties"), H.48 (Op. 14)
  2. La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
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Staggeringly well performed and recorded, this 2008 EMI disc of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle is highly entertaining. Over and over again, the listener is impressed by the super virtuoso playing of the Berlin musicians by the way they blend and contrast in the opening movement, sparkle and shine in the waltz, murmur in the pastoral, roar in the march, and howl in closing fugue. Similarly, Rattle's masterful control of the music and the musicians and the way he ...

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique; La mort de Cléopâtre 2009, Warner Classics

UPC: 825646389100