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Presented by Martin Handley, live from St David's Hall, Cardiff.

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, conducted by Thierry Fischer, performs Berlioz's epoch making Romeo et Juliette.

A rare Parisian performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Harriet Smithson as Juliet shook the young Berlioz to the core of his being. He didn't rest until he had married Harriet and set the play to music. The result is this great symphony, full of fantasy, orchestral wizardry and wild unbridled romance. It is one of Berlioz's most extravagant works and one which had a profound effect on composers from Wagner, Tchaikosvy and Mahler. Even today, any performance is still an event.

Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette

Susan Bickley: Mezzo Soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt: Tenor
Jonathan Lemalu: Bass
BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales
Cardiff Polyphonic Choir
Conductor Thierry Fischer.

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1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Fri 15 Apr 2011 19:00