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Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette

Presented by Catherine Bott, from the Royal Festival Hall in London. Mark Elder conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a performance of Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette.

Presented by Catherine Bott

The OAE conducted by Sir Mark Elder perform Berlioz' Romeo & Juliet, a rare performance of the piece by a period-instrument orchestra, with Sonia Ganassi, Orlin Anastassov and John Mark Ainsley.

Berlioz was never one to do things by halves, and Romeo & Juliet is probably one of his most ambitious ever projects - the first performance had an orchestra of over 100, a chorus of 101 voices, plus soloists. It is a passionate, lush piece which pushed the limits of what an orchestra could do, its vivid and dramatic scene-setting upstages that of many operas.

Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette

Patricia Bardon mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Orlin Anastassov bass
BBC Symphony Chorus
Schola Cantorum
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Mark Elder conductor.

2 hours, 30 minutes