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BERLIOZ: Lélio (The Return to Life), Op.14b
Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique is well-known; much less known is this work - Lélio. Nevertheless the two works bear a single title: Episode in the Life of an Artist: Fantastic Symphony and Lyrical Monodrama (Lélio, or, The Return to Life. Berlioz wrote "This work should be heard immediately after the Symphonie Fantastique, of which it is the conclusion and complement".
Lélio is a record of the composer overcoming his despair and "returning to life" via the consolations of music and literature. The symphony uses programme music to describe a despairing artist trying to kill himself with an overdose of opium, leading to a series of increasingly terrifying visions. The programme of Lélio describes the artist wakening from these dreams, musing on Shakespeare, his sad life, and not having a woman. The artist decides that if he can't put this unrequited love out of his head, he will immerse himself in music.
1. Le Pecheur, Ballade de Goethe
2. Choeur d'ombres
3. Chanson de brigands
4. Chant de bonheur
5. La Harpe eolienne - Souvenirs
6. Fantaisie sur "La Tempete" de Shakespeare
Jean-Louis Barrault, Narrator
John Shirley-Quirk, Baritone
John Mitchinson, Tenor
Pierre Boulez, Conductor
The London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
The sleeve is GOOD; consistent with age; slight discolouration.
Record graded visually to RRPG grade VERY GOOD.
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