Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique 180g Hi-Q LP
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
Leonard Bernstein was one of the most recorded conductor/composers in history
and whereas most of his work was released on CBS (Sony) and Deutsche Grammophon,
during the 1970s several notable EMI recordings came out of his association with
the Orchestre National de France (including Berlioz’s Harold in Italy).
EMI had recorded Orchestre National de France (also known as Orchestre National
de l'Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF)) for many years under
its chief conductor Jean Martinon. However, largely as a result of the concerts
he gave at the time, Bernstein immediately struck up a rapport with the
orchestra and the result was magic: “The French orchestra play beautifully for
Bernstein, and they also sense the ebb and flow of tempo which he imparts to the
music.” as the GRAMOPHONE wrote in 1977.
Recorded in the famous Salle Wagram, Paris, the Berlioz Fantastique was produced
and engineered by John Mordler and Paul Vavasseur respectively.
In the original 1977 review of the Mussorgsky John Warwick in the GRAMOPHONE
"This is excellent... One necessary ingredient of a true performance of the
Fantastic Symphony is the sense of virtuoso conductor responding to virtuoso
composer; but Bernstein also holds fast to the essential point that the
virtuosity is of imagination as well as expression... I would regard this as the
most interesting performance of the symphony now on record. It has a character
individually its own; it is reflective and exhilarating; it is exquisitely
played; it is sensitively recorded."
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional ‘advance’ playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features original album artwork
• Made in England
Orchestre National de France
Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14
1. First Movement: Reveries - Passions
2. Second Movement: Un bal
1. Third Movement: Scene aux champs
2. Fourth Movement: Marche au supplice
3. Fifth Movement: Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat