I know some of his enormous Sibelius discography (symphonies 1 and 4, 2 and 5, Legends, some tone poems; Mozart violin concerti with Henryck Szeryng, and the Berlioz Mort de Cleopatre and two scenes from Les Troyens with Janet Baker. All are excellent, and his comprehensive knowledge of Sibelius gives one confidence in his Berlioz. The Baker excerpts are enormously large scale, extremely dramatic,and quite moving. That EMI didn't record a complete Trojans with Gibson and Baker is lamentable, even though Colin Davis recorded two great versions and Munch recorded a tantalizing Royal Hunt and Storm.
Gibson also recorded two discs of Berlioz Overtures which reinforce one's confidence and appreciation. There are eight different overtures on the two discs. The second disc with the Royal Philharmonic includes six overtures of which three
also appear on the five-overture disc reviewed here: Corsaire, King Lear, and Beatrice and Benedict. Thus the eight different overtures are: King Lear, Rob Roy, Corsair, Roman Carnival, Franc Juges, Beatrice and Benedict, Waverly, and Benevenuto Cellini.
On this SNO disc, the two Shakespeare based ovetures are superb. The King Lear mixes flashes of light with
heaviness, darkness, fury- it may appear to be excessively optimistic, but there is sufficient darkness in the overture. Berlioz and Gibson knew that Lear was finally saved
spiritually, that the storm reflected an internal transition from an addiction to power to an ability to love (thus the final apology and Cordelia's response: "reason not the need". And I still consider Othello the darkest, most painful play. No ray of light. The Gibson "Beatrice and Benedict" is frothy, romantic, and witty,
"Rob Roy" and "Corsair" portray Scottish national heroism and Byronic adventure respectively. Of the five SNO overtures, I was least familiar with Rob Roy with its hunting horns and haunting theme later used in "Harold in Italy". I now prefer it to the excellent Waverly and to my least favorite Berlioz overture at the moment: Franc Juges, which even Gibson cannot vivify,but...
Gibson's Roman Carnival is large scaled, well paced, and celebratory-a brilliant reading.. Even with the three duplications, both discs are worthwhile.
Gibson's conducting throughout seems absolutely right, and
he is (also) a great Berlioz interpreter.
Peers: Munch/RCA, Davis/Philips and RCA, Boult/Nixa-Westminster, Martinon/Decca
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 14.22 x 1.02 x 12.45 cm; 107.44 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115831625
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1992
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B000000AC4
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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