Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Germans vs. French classical composers

Though Germans (Wagner & Richard Strauss) impressed me with their mystical sound and philosophical theme, French (Berlioz & Saint-Saens) took me to another level of awesomeness. Just listen to Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat, fifth movement of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. It's like Syd Barrett meets Black Sabbath! And don't forget the stunning and magnificent Symphony No. 3 (aka Organ Symphony) by Saint-Saens.

Symphonie Fantastique (composed under the influence of opium)
"Berlioz tells it like it is. You take a trip, you wind up screaming at your own funeral." - Leonard Berstein

Symphony No. 3 aka Organ Symphony
"I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." - Saint-Saens

P/S: Artist Gallery, kedai CD yang paling popular di Pulau Pinang dah nak tutup. Seingat aku dulu ada dalam 5 cawangan di seberang dan pulau, sekarang hanya tinggal di One-Stop Midlands Park. Itu pun akan tutup tak lama lagi. Semua CD diskaun 50%.