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Berlioz-inspired works of art : CD cover designs (6)

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cd1

Here is a CD collection from Decca with all the released recordings Munch conducted for them in the post-World War 2 years.

Overtures, Le Corsaire (and Benvenuto Cellini?) recorded on 27 May 1948 in Paris, originally released on 78rpm.

There had been another recording made of Benvenuto Cellini on 11 October 1946 in London, and I am not really certain which is on this release. This matter is still a little complicated for me and I am not sure that one of these was ever released. The notes on this CD indicates it contains the 1946 version, so maybe it was the later 1948 re-do that never appeared.

Roméo et Juliette selections and Chasse Royale et Orage (Royal Hunt and Storm) from Les Troyens, recorded on 30 May and 1 June 1949 in Paris. Again, originally released on 78rpm. The R & J selections are: Roméo seul; Fête chez Capulet; Scène d’amour; and Scherzo: La reine Mab.

 

cd2

U.K. released CD featuring Berlioz Overtures, etc., conducted by Beecham, compiled from several old LPs.
The Roman Carnival, Op. 9
King Lear, Op. 4
Waverley, Op. 1
Les francs-juges, Op. 3
The Corsair, Op. 21
Les Troyen (Overture to Part 2)
March from Les Troyens
Recorded on 2,3,16, and 17 December 1954 (date for the March is uncertain); original LP issues in U.K. on Philips; in U.S.A. on Columbia.

 

cd3

La carnaval romain
Béatrice et Bénédict
Le corsaire
Les Troyens: Chasse royal et orage
Benvenuto Cellini
(these were the contents of the original RCA Victor LP; recorded on 1 December. 1958 and 6 April 1959.)
Roméo et Juliette: Scherzo de la reine Mab
(extracted from Munch’s 1961 recording of the complete work)

cd4

A release from Chandos in 1982:
Rob Roy
King Lear
Roman Carnival
Beatrice and Benedict
The Corsair

cd5

Made 28 - 30 January 1994:
Benvenuto Cellini
Waverley
Beatrice and Benedict
King Lear
Roman Carnival
Rob Roy
Le corsaire
These same forces also recorded Les francs-juges, which appeared on a different CD, along with Harold in Italy.

 

cd6

Collection from the Decca Berlioz cycle, most recorded in May and October 1995:
Le carnaval romain
Benvenuto Cellini
Waverley
Béatrice et Bénédict
Le Roi Lear
Les francs-juges
Les Troyens à Carthage: Prélude (recorded in October 1993)
Le corsaire (recorded in May 1984)
The Charles Dutoit series offered all the Berlioz Overtures; the composer's withdrawn Rob Roy (1833) was included on their release of Harold in Italy.

 

cd7

Recordings made in 1996, Sir Alexander Gibson / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:
Benvenuto Cellini
Les francs-juges
Le corsaire
Beatrice and Benedict
Waverley
King Lear

cd8

RCA CD release of recordings made 13 -16 January 1997 in Dresden:
Les francs-juges, Op. 3
Waverley, Op. 1
Le Roi Lear, Op. 4
Le carnaval romain, Op. 9
Béatrice et Bénédict
Le corsaire, Op. 21
Benvenuto Cellini
(it does not appear Davis ever recorded Rob Roy)

cd9

Released 2007 by the German label Hänssler Classic:
Waverley
Les francs-juges
Le Roi Lear
Rob Roy
Le carnaval romain
Le corsaire
(this is one of my personal favourite collections of the Overtures)

cd10

(Dante, France)
Monteux would record Symphonie fantastique 2 times with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and some other Berlioz works, while he was the director:

cd11

Commercial RCA release of S.f. made on 17-28 February 1945; also on the CD: Benvenuto Cellini Overture (6 April 1952), Overture/Introduction to Les Troyens à Carthage (27 January 1945), and Rákóczy March (4 April 1951).

cd12

A German CD release (Preiser Records) of the recording of 27 February 1950 (a photo of the original LP issue of this has already been provided).

 

cd13

Part of a multi-disc CD collection of live broadcasts. An all Berlioz disc provides:
Carnaval romain (8 December 1946)
Overture/Introduction to Les Troyens à Carthage (18 November 1945)
L’enfance du Christ excerpts (28 March 1948 & 21 December 1947)
Faust: Minuet des Follets, Ballet des Sylphes, Marche Hongroise (26 November 1944)
Romeo and Juliet: Combat, Romeo alone, Fête at Capulets, Love Scene (26 November 1944)
Le Corsaire (9 March 1952)

cd14

CD release of live performance of the Damnation of Faust, 8 March 1962; Regine Crespin, Andre Turp, and Michelle Roux; LSO and Chorus.

 

cd15

CD set which includes Monteux’s fifth and last recording of Symphonie fantastique, NDR Symphony, Hamburg, made on 6-14 February 1964.

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