Opera

Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

LSO0623 2SACD

Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini

Berlioz Benvenuto Cellini

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Gregory Kunde
Cellini
Laura Claycomb
Teresa
Darren Jeffery
Balducci

Editor's Choice Gramophone
Choc Le Monde de la Musique
Recordings of the Year Opera News
Best Recordings of 2008 Classic FM Magazine

Classical CD of the Week 'anyone who doesn’t own this fabulous score should snap it up’ Sunday Times

Berlioz’s flamboyant opera Benvenuto Cellini is inspired by the life of the legendary Florentine goldsmith and Renaissance figure. Its first performances in Paris during 1838-39 were disastrous as it proved too great a challenge for the musicians of the day. Yet even by Berlioz’s high standards it contains music of exceptional inventiveness and beauty.

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Reviews

Editor's Choice Gramophone
Choc Le Monde de la Musique
Recordings of the Year Opera News
Best Recordings of 2008 Classic FM Magazine

Classical CD of the Week ‘Conductor and tenor are the joint heroes of this exhilarating release ... Davis remains the supreme Berliozian of our day, brilliantly evoking the mercurial wit of the comic repartee ... anyone who doesn’t own this fabulous score should snap it up’ Sunday Times

'Berlioz’s unconventional opera “Benvenuto Cellini” curiously mixes the heroic and the farcical. Still, the composer thought it one of his most original scores. Colin Davis is a renowned Berlioz interpreter, and this new recording, taken from live performances with the London Symphony, makes the strongest case for this fascinating work' The New York Times

‘As with previous instalments of the LSO’s Berlioz cycle, this recording outshines Davis’s version of 40 years ago in sound quality and maturity of interpretation. Berlioz’s flamboyant portrait of the Renaissance goldsmith impresses with its sheer vigour and conviction, thanks to Davis’s inspiration of orchestra, chorus and a cast led by Gergory Kunde Laura Claycomb ... this is a bargain’ Financial Times

‘No conductor today excels Sir Colin Davis in Berlioz’s music and this performance of perhaps his most brilliant opera finds him in sparkling form. The American soprano Laura Claycomb is excellent in the coloratura role of Teresa, dominating the performance with her charm and vivaciousness’ Sunday Telegraph

Artists

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Gregory Kunde
 Cellini

Laura Claycomb Teresa

Darren Jeffery Balducci

Peter Coleman-Wright Fieramosca

Andrew Kennedy Francesco

Isabelle Cals Ascanio

Jacques Imbrailo Pompeo

John Relyea Pope Clement VII

Andrew Foster-Williams Bernardino

Alasdair Elliott Cabaretier

London Symphony Chorus Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Neil Hutchinson and Jonathan Stokes for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

Recorded June 2007, Barbican, London
DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

Notes in English/en français/auf Deutsch
Includes complete libretto with English translation
Sung in French

SACD - compatible with all CD players
Catalogue number - LSO0623
UPC - 8222311662322

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