OAE - Cherubini, Mehul, Berlioz, Mozart
The OAE give a concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall. Cherubini: Overture (Medee); Aria (Medee). Mehul Symphony No 4 in E. Berlioz: La mort de Cleopatre. Mozart: Symphony No 31.
Presented by Catherine Bott
French connections - a concert of Cherubini, Berlioz and Mozart, given at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall by the OAE.
Little known he may be now, but Cherubini was highly rated by none other than Beethoven, with the composer regarding him as the greatest of his contemporaries. The Overture and an Aria from his opera Medea, which was championed by Maria Callas, no less, represent him here. Cherubini's contemporary Etienne Méhul is perhaps even less known now but again, was highly regarded in his day. His noble Symphony 4 is performed this evening. The concert is rounded off with Berlioz's tour de force for soprano and Mozart's Paris Symphony.
Cherubini Overture from Medée
Cherubini Aria from Medée
Méhul Symphony No 4 in E
Berlioz La Mort de Cléopâtre for soprano and orchestra
Mozart Symphony No 31 in D, Paris
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Enrique Mazzola conductor
Stephanie d'Oustrac mezzo-soprano
Followed by highlights from the 2010 Innsbruck Early Music Festival.