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Episode 4

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Thursday 09 August 2012

On the morning of 4th September 1842, Harriet Smithson (Berlioz's wife) woke up to find that her husband had gone off on tour while she slept, leaving her with their 8 year old son. Berlioz was away for five months, and this was just the first of many international trips. Donald Macleod tells the story of Berlioz's extensive wanderings around Europe, as he tried to make a living as a composer and conductor, and to drum up interest in his music.

Music Played

7 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
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    00:00

    Hector Berlioz Les Nuits d'ete Op.7 for voice and piano or orchestra

    Conductor: Colin DAVIS Performer: Jessye NORMAN - Soprano Performer: London S O.

    Philips, 412 4932

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:09

    Hector Berlioz Le Jeune patre breton - romance Op.13`4 vers. for voice, horn ad lib and piano

    Performer: Arthur SCHOONDERWOERD - Fortepiano Performer: Claude MAURY - Horn Performer: Jerome CORREAS - Baritone

    ALPHA, 0-24

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:14

    Hector Berlioz Grande messe des morts Op.5

    Performer: Paul MCCREESH - Director Performer: Ensemble Wroclaw

    Signum, SIGCD280

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:26

    Hector Berlioz Le Chasseur danois Op.19`6 vers. for voice and orch.

    Conductor: John Eliot GARDINER Performer: Gilles CACHEMAILLE - Bass Performer: Lyon Opera Orchestra

    MUSIFRANCE, 2292-45517 2

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:29

    Hector Berlioz Zaide (Bolero) Op.19`1 vers. for sop. and orch

    Conductor: John Eliot GARDINER Performer: Brigitte FOURNIER - Soprano Performer: Lyon Opera Orchestra

    MUSIFRANCE, 2292-45517 2

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:35

    Hector Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Op.14

    Conductor: Robin TICCIATI Performer: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    LINN, CKD 400

  • Image for Hector Berlioz
    00:44

    Hector Berlioz Beatrice et Benedict - opera in 2 acts Op.27 [libretto after Shakespeare]

    Conductor: Colin DAVIS Performer: Janet BAKER - Mezzo-soprano (Beatrice) Performer: Jules BASTIN - Bass (Somarone) Performer: London S O. Performer: John Alldis Choir

    PHILIPS, 456-143-2

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