HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Cléopâtre/Herminie (Baker/Davis)

All thanks for another pearl to the Berlioz-Davis-cycle go to Trottar

La Mort de Cléopâtre (The Death of Cleopatra) was Berlioz’s third attempt to win the Prix de Rome from the Academie des Beaux-Arts. His first attempt in 1827 was La Mort d’Orphée, which failed to place. His second attempt in 1828 was Herminie, which took second place. Berlioz called La Mort de Cléopâtre “a lyric scene” for soprano and orchestra, setting a text by P.A. Vieillard. The vocal writing is extremely dramatic, but it ignores distinctions between recitative and aria, which infuriated the jury. The orchestral writing is lush and full, with extraordinary harmonies that likewise alienated the jury. La Mort de Cléopâtre was judged such a failure in the eyes of the Academie that it gave no first place prize that year. The following year, Berlioz won the Prix de Rome with his conservative La Mort de Sardanapale, but, having already composed his wildly experimental and incredibly wild Symphonie fantastique, he found that he no longer cared all that much about the Academie.

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Janet Baker
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Colin Davis
Vinyl 1980
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: Philips
DR 14
Size: 830 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF


Analyzed folder: 96k Berlioz – Cleaopatre – Davis
DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
DR14        -0.64 dB     -21.28 dB     A  Cleopatre – Scene Lyrique.aif
DR14        -0.73 dB     -21.38 dB     B  Herminie – Scene Lyrique.aif
Number of files:    2
Official DR value:    DR14

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10 thoughts on “HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Philips) Hector Berlioz – Cléopâtre/Herminie (Baker/Davis)

  1. I am not familiar with either of these Berlioz’ pieces. Your brief history about the Prizes is quite interesting. The fact that the more successful he became and matured, he no longer cared for prizes.
    This Cleopatre piece with Janet Baker is exquisitely beautiful. The Prix de Rome from the Academie des Beaux-Arts must have had a snobbish predisposition of what was worthy of the Grand Prix de Rome.

    Thanks Trottar and Alf for a gorgeous rendition of these Berlioz’ works. Though I’m just a “Johnnie next door,” I’m greatly impressed with Ms. Baker’s singing and the Orchestra making Berlioz proud!

    • Be sure, my friend from Geaorgia, you’re not a simple “Johnny next door”….. All your exquisite comments and dialogue proposals, all over the years, are a witness of the fact that you are a great connoisseour of classical/operatic music and a specialist in singing ! Don’t be too shy, Bob….You are great, man ! 😀

      • Thank you, Alf, your opinion is very kind, and I thank you.
        I’m a fan of you and your work also; as well as Artyom and Steve also.
        I wish you all the best.

  2. Thank you so much for giving me this cycle back again!I am living in China now for more then 4 years and couldn’t take my records with me.Even much better then my original records.Invaluable!!This is some kind of wonder.Thanks.

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