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Music for Shakespeare plays: Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet (excerpt). Berlioz: Romeo et Juliet. German: Music for Henry VIII.

Theatre Music: Shakespeare
Penny Gore explores theatre music written for Shakespeare's plays. Today, the spotlight falls mainly on Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in music ranging from Berlioz to Bernstein. There's also a rare chance to hear Gabriel Faure's exquisite treatment of the Merchant of Venice in a specially recorded performance from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Proses lyriques: No. 4, De soir

    Performer: Lisa Milne (soprano) Performer: Malcolm Martineau (piano)

  • Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Romeo and Juliet - fantasy overture

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Gaden (interlude) from A Village Romeo & Juliet

    Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Conductor: David Charles Abell

  • Hector Berlioz

    Introduction, Romeo alone … Festivities at the Capulets', Love scene, Queen Mab Scherzo, R

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

  • Edward German

    Overture and Shepherd's Dance from Henry VIII

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Conductor: John Wilson

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Chanson, Entr'acte, Madrigal, Epithalme, Nocturne, and Finale from Shylock Suite

    Performer: Thomas Walker (tenor) Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Matthew Halls Composer: Bernstein Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Juanjo Mena

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