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Ivan March
Gramophone, September 2013

…‘Scène aux champs’, with its woodwind dialogue beautifully shared and the string cantilena played with touching nuance of phrasing, shows just how good the strings of the Tonkünstler Orchestra are. In the sinister and marvellously scored ‘Marche au supplice’, the symphony explodes: the guillotining of the work’s hero is presented here with elemental force, which Orozco-Estrada and his orchestra obvious relish. But by playing all-out, they ensure that the final ‘Witches’ Sabbath’ is even more grotesque, complete with the Dies irae on the trombones and tolling church bell. The music is built to a superbly thrilling final climax which leaves one breathless on that last brass chord.

The recording is superbly expansive, the acoustic of the Goldener Saal suiting Berlioz’s special effects splendidly. This newest account holds its head high. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

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