A performance of Berlioz's symphony Romeo and Juliet. Berlioz fell in love with the Bard's work in 1827 and so began a lifelong passion for all things Shakespearean.
Shakespeare's influence on the world has been profound, and on no-one more so than Berlioz, who fell in love with the Bard's work in 1827 and so began a lifelong passion for all things Shakespearean.
How fitting, then, to mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death with a performance of Berlioz's dramatic symphony Romeo and Juliet, the grandest of his Shakespeare-inspired works. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Monteverdi Choir, the National Youth Choir of Scotland and soloists Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (tenor) and Laurent Naouri (bass), as Berlioz tells his version of this most famous of stories.