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The Return to Life. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz's racy music drama.

As celebrations of Berlioz begin to thrust towards an inevitable climax the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductor Pascal Rophe explore his most dramatic, and racy, orchestral works. Beginning with Waverley, his overture inspired by Walter Scott's mythical Perthshire, the orchestra is then joined by mezzo soprano Karen Cargill to perform his passionate musical monologue describing the death of Cleopatra. And after the interval a rare chance to hear the large-scale music drama Lelio. A strange form of choral and orchestral cantata-cum-melodrama it was originally conceived as a sequel to Symphonie Fantastique - recounting the continuing psychological adventures of a lecherous, self-obsessed, sex maniac with delusions of artistic grandeur.

Live from City Halls, Glasgow

Presented by Mark Forrest

Berlioz: Waverley, Overture
Berlioz: La mort de Cleopatre

1535 Interval

1555 Part 2
Berlioz: Lélio, or The Return To Life

Karen Cargill (mezzo soprano)
Samuel West (actor)
Andrew Tortise (tenor)
Sam Furness (tenor)
Neal Davies (baritone)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Pascal Rophe (conductor)

Part of the Radio 3 celebration
Berlioz - The Ultimate Romantic

1 hour, 58 minutes

Last on

Sun 17 Feb 2019 15:00

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Waverley Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pascal Rophé.
  • Hector Berlioz

    La mort de Cleopatre

    Conductor: Pascal Rophé. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Te Deum

    Performer: BBC Singers. Performer: Richard Pearce. Conductor: Valentina Peleggi.


  • Sun 17 Feb 2019 15:00

Which Romantic composer are you?

Which Romantic composer are you?

A Valentine's quiz to mark BBC Radio 3's celebration of Berlioz - the Ultimate Romantic.