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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.

Release date:

2 hours, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 12 Nov 2013 19:30

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