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Storms and seascapes

Inspired by Berlioz's views on the storm in Beethoven's Symphony No 6, Jonathon James goes on a journey through seven musical tempests and explains what makes them so effective.

Berlioz was fascinated by the orchestra as a colour palette, and wrote a Treatise on Orchestration which is still hugely influential even today. In his manual Berlioz waxed lyrical about the Storm in Beethoven's sixth symphony, and later used some of the same techniques in his own tempests, such as the Royal Hunt and Storm from his Opera Les Troyens. In a concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under the baton of Jessica Cottis, Jon James takes us through seven depictions of storms and seascapes from a period of over 200 years, revealing the ingenious ways that each composer creates his maelstrom.

Presented by Jonathon James

From Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

Rameau: Thunder (Hippolyte et Aricie)
Beethoven: Thunder Storm (Symphony No.6 in F major)
Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm (The Trojans)
Berlioz: Overture (Le Corsaire)
Wagner: Overture (The Flying Dutchman)
Debussy: Dialogue of the wind and the sea (La Mer)
Britten: Storm (Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes)

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Jessica Cottis (conductor)

Part of the Radio 3 celebration
Berlioz - The Ultimate Romantic

1 hour, 14 minutes

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Thunder (Hippolyte et Aricie)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Thunder Storm (Symphony No.6 in F major)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Royal Hunt and Storm (The Trojans)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture (Le Corsaire)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Richard Wagner

    Overture (The Flying Dutchman)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Claude Debussy

    Dialogue of the wind and the sea (La Mer)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Storm (Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Jessica Cottis.

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