Berlioz: Harold In Italy; Overtures Benvenuto Cellini & Les francs-juges

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COMPOSERS: Berlioz
LABELS: EMI Studio Plus
WORKS: Harold In Italy; Overtures Benvenuto Cellini & Les francs-juges
PERFORMER: Donald Mclnnes (viola)Orchestra National de France/Leonard BernsteinLSO/Andre Previn
CATALOGUE NO: COM 7 64745 2 ADD (1977/76)
Bernstein conducts a Harold in Italy that combines sensitivity with excitement, held together with a keen sense of structure. His French orchestra plays with real style and warmth, while Donald Mclnnes performs the solo part with great personality and richness of tone. Previn and the LSO make a highly effective combination in the overtures, too. The phrasing of the main theme in Les francs-juges is particularly well judged, and projects Berlioz’s unique personality. Terry Barfoot

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