Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique, Sir Thomas Beecham & French National Radio Orchestra (1961, HMV SXLP 30295)

This one surprised us a bit – we thought Berlioz was experimental, but this sounded pretty normal to us, nothing too untoward and pleasantly listenable in an occasionally forthright way with some quite loud horns. It seemed to flow, nothing atonal about it – which is perhaps what we expected, a bit of honking and clanging.

So forgive the ignorance, what’s controversial/innovative/unique about it (I’m reading from the sleeve notes here)?

We enjoyed it and will keep it.

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