Disappointed by this performance of Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique.
Some caveats necessary. I’ve heard Symphonie fantastique a lot. I’m familiar with the work.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that to show off. My formative listening experience was via University lecturer Denis McCaldin who introduced me and a whole bunch of reluctant second-year music history undergrads to Roger Norrington’s ‘authentic’ recording with the London Classical Players. Anything that tries to follow that is going to struggle. Norrington was, at the time, doing a ground-breaking thing.
Weilerstein got into his stride by the third movement. But there were some missed opportunities – pausing to ‘place’ a chord in the woodwind soon before the end might have created a sense of anticipation. And the coda in the final movement was also a bit strange.