LSO - Berlioz
Live from Barbican Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
The LSO, conducted by Valery Gergiev, in three orchestral masterworks by Hector Berlioz
Berlioz: Overture - Benvenuto Cellini
Berlioz: The Death of Cleopatra
8.05: Interval Music
Berlioz: Harold in Italy
Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
Antoine Tamestit (viola)
London Symphony Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
In a programme which might as well have been titled 'Berlioz in Italy', the London Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev continue their exploration of the great 19th-century French composer's music. 'The Death of Cleopatra' was composed as the third of Berlioz's failed attempts to win the prestigious composition prize known as the 'Prix de Rome'; 'Benvenuto Cellini' is an opera loosely based on the memoirs of the famous Florentine sculptor, while 'Harold in Italy' - a tone poem for solo viola and orchestra - is a semi-autobiographical work which recounts the adventures of a melancholy dreamer, wandering the Italian countryside and encountering pilgrims, brigands and a beautiful woman.
Followed by music from the younger generation of pianists, recorded earlier this year in concert halls across Europe.