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

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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

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