BBC Concert Orchestra
6 Feb 2019, Alexandra Palace

Berlioz – The Ultimate Romantic: musical connections

BBC Concert Orchestra
Berlioz – The Ultimate Romantic: musical connections
14:00 Wed 6 Feb 2019 Alexandra Palace
The BBC Concert Orchestra marks the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death with a concert exploring his influence upon other great romantic composers.
The BBC Concert Orchestra marks the 150th anniversary of Berlioz’s death with a concert exploring his influence upon other great romantic composers.

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Finnegan Downie Dear makes his debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a concert recorded especially for Radio 3’s Berlioz - The Ultimate Romantic weekend which marks the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.

The concert explores the French composer’s influence upon other great romantic composers in the recently reopened stunning setting of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet left a lasting impression on Wagner, who presented a score of his Tristan and Isolde to Berlioz as well as making several references to his genius in letters and essays.

Berlioz’s long friendship with Liszt was both personal and musical, and both composers shared an admiration for the work of Shakespeare.

Paganini commissioned Berlioz to write a viola concerto that turned out to be Harold in Italy and the resulting financial independence gained from this enabled Berlioz to compose Romeo and Juliet. Violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, pays homage to the composers’ mutual admiration by performing Paganini’s Cantabile.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that as not everyone who asks for tickets uses them, to make sure we have a full house we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive early.