Which 'Symphonie Fantastique' Do You Want to Hear?

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For Halloween, the Showdown turned to the dreamy and wild world of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, with its famous final "Dreams of a Witches' Sabbath" movement.

We asked you which recording of Symphonie Fantastique you wanted to hear: A classic recording by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a performance on period instruments by John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, or a new release from Leonard Slatkin and the Lyon National Orchestra.

You chose Munch and the BSO. We played their Symphonie Fantastique today at noon.

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Comments [5]

Hi, Kenneth -

The Munch recording is 1954 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Stay safe!

Midge

Oct. 31 2012 12:33 PM

Why not Colin Davis with the Concertgebau? It's by far the best recording of this symphony in my humble opinion.

Oct. 31 2012 12:07 PM
Kenneth from Brooklyn

Opps, you did say Boston, but still, which one?

Oct. 31 2012 11:44 AM
Kenneth from Brooklyn

Would love to know which Munch recording, 1954 or 1961 with Boston? Or perhaps the Orchestre de Paris recording?

Oct. 31 2012 11:41 AM
John Flory from Morristown, NJ

This is one of my favorite musical pieces.
Any of the three are OK with me.

Oct. 31 2012 11:36 AM

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