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Compact disc release from 1992. Contains:
L’Enfance du Christ, Op. 25; vocal soloists Cesare Valletti (sings 2 roles), Florence Kopleff, Gérard Souzay, and Giorgio Tozzi (sings 3 roles); Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra; recorded on 23-24 December 1956 (photo of original LP release on RCA Victor has already been provided).
Les nuits d’été, Op. 7; vocal soloist Leontyne Price, soprano; Fritz Reiner / Chicago Symphony Orchestra; recorded 2 March 1963 (photo of original LP release on RCA Victor has already been provided).


First of three recordings of L’Enfance du Christ conducted by Colin Davis. This one on 8-10 October 1960 with soloists Peter Pears, Elsie Morison, John Cameron, Joseph Rouleau (sings 2 roles), John Frost, and Edgar Fleet; The Goldsbrough Orchestra and St. Anthony Singers; original release on 2-LP set L’Oiseau-Lyre, SOL 60032-3.
Also on this CD set:
Méditation religieuse, Op. 18 No. 1
La Mort d’Ophélie, Op. 18 No. 2
Sara la baigneuse, Op. 11
Colin Davis / English Chamber Orchestra; 31 March and 1 April 1962; from L’Oiseau-Lyre SOL 304
La Mort de Cléopâtre
Anne Pashley, soprano; Colin Davis / English Chamber Orchestra; 21-22 September 1966; from L’Oiseau-Lyre 304



Op. 25; soloists Anne Sofie von Otter, Gilles Cachemaille, José Van Dam, Jules Bastin, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, René Schirrer, Michel Fockenoy; Monteverdi Choir and orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon / John Eliot Gardiner. Recorded in January 1987 for Erato.


Matthew Best / Corydon Singers and Orchestra; Jean Rigby, Alastair Miles, Gerald Finley, John Aler, Gwynne Howell, Peter Evans, and Robert Poulton. Recorded on 2-5 October 1994.



Op. 25, Charles Dutoit / Chœur and Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; soloists Susan Graham, François Le Roux, John Mark Ainsley, Philip Cokorinos, Andrew Wentzel, Gordon Getz, and Marc Belleau; recorded on 12 and 13 October 1995. Also on these CDs:
Sara la baigneuse, Op. 11
Hélène, Op. 2 No. 2
La Belle Voyageuse, Op. 2 No. 4; Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano
Quartetto e coro dei maggi (1832)
Chant sacré, Op, 2 No. 6; John Mark Ainsley, tenor
All recorded on 24 May and 18 October 1996.


First recording of Harold en Italie by William Primrose, viola. Serge Koussevitzky / Boston Symphony Orchestra; made on 28 November 1944. Released here on a CD by Biddulph Recordings. This CD features other Berlioz items by S. K. / BSO:
Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9; 22 November 1944
The Damnation of Faust, Op. 24 3 excerpts: Minuet of the Will-o-the-Wisps; Dance of the Sylphs; and Hungarian March; 8 May 1936.



Second recording by William Primrose; this one with Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; made on 13 and 15 November 1951. Also with T .B. / RPO on this Sony CD: Le roi Lear, Op. 4, Overture (2 and 3 December 1954); and Le Carnaval romain, Op 9 (16 December 1954).



A 6-CD set from West Hill Radio Archives. Op. 16 on here is performed live by Joseph de Pasquale, viola; Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra; concert of 2 April 1954.
Other Berlioz items by Munch/BSO on these discs:
Le corsaire, 29 November 1958
Beatrice and Benedict Overture, 25 July 1954
Les nuits d’été, Op. 7; with Victoria de los Angeles, soprano; 9 April 1955 (2 days before making the studio recording)



Frederick Riddle, viola; Sir Thomas Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (live concert of 22 August 1956). This BBC CD also offers Beecham live performances of:
Overture Le corsaire, Op. 21 (RPO, 7 March 1951)
Overture Roi Lear, Op. 4 (BBC Symphony Orchestra, 8 December 1954)
Marche troyenne (RPO, 9 July 1951)


Third recording by William Primrose; Charles Munch / Boston Symphony Orchestra; made on 31 March 1958.



Studio recording with Joseph de Pasquale, viola; Eugene Ormandy / Philadelphia Orchestra; made on 21 January 1965.
Other Berlioz on this Sony CD:
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24, 3 excerpts: Menuet des follets, Ballet des sylphes, and Marche hongroise; all with Charles Munch / Philadelphia Orchestra; made on 14 March 1963 (note that Munch here takes a large cut in the March).
Les Troyens: Marche troyenne; Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia; 27 February 1968
Les Troyens: Casse royale et orage; Daniel Barenboim / Orchestre de Paris; 5 February and 3 and 8 March 1976.



Josef Suk, viola; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; made on 2-4 February 1976. Plus:
Rêverie et Caprice, Op. 8; Josef Suk, violin; Václav Smetáček / Prague Symphony Orchestra; made on 2-3 November 1977.
Recording on Supraphon, from what was then Czechoslovakia.


From the Decca Berlioz cycle; Pinchas Zukerman, viola; Charles Dutoit / Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; made in May 1987. Also on this release:
Overture, Rob Roy (this being the early work withdrawn by Berlioz and from which he re-used themes for Harold en Italie), recorded in May 1987.
Overture, Le corsair, May 1984.


Gérard Caussé, viola; made in October 1994. Also released here:
Tristia, Op. 18; Méditation religieuse, La Mort d’Ophélie, and Marche funèbre pour la dernière scène d’Hamlet (at the end of the Funeral March, Gardiner employs the firing squad which some conductors do not observe).


Rivka Golani, viola; Yoav Talmi / San Diego Symphony Orchestra; made on 13 and 14 May 1995. Also included:
Les francs-juges, Op 3
Rêverie et caprice, Op. 8; Igor Gruppman, violin.
This Naxos CD was released to acclaim in 1996, at the same time that the San Diego Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt (it is now back in business).

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