Valery Gergiev's Berlioz: Harold in Italy
BERLIOZ Overture: Benvenuto Cellini
BERLIOZ The Death of Cleopatra
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy for Viola and Orchestra
Valery Gergiev conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
The vibrant colours, sights and sounds of Italy emerge in many of Berlioz’s works. The French composer spent time in the country as a student, following his success in the Prix de Rome composing competition (after three failed attempts, which include the unabashedly experimental Death of Cleopatra).
This influence can be heard in the Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, an opera based on the life of a Renaissance Florentine sculptor, and in Harold in Italy, the story of a dreamy character’s wanderings in the Italian countryside, where he encounters a romantic serenade, a group of pilgrims and a gang of brigands.
Antoine Tamestit joins the Orchestra for Harold in Italy’s famous solo viola role; the violist was described by The Scotsman as an ‘impeccable soloist’ in a recent performance of the work.
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Guildhall Artists at the Barbican
6pm, Barbican Hall
Le science de monsieur Berlioz
New works by Eleanor Jarman-Pinto, Ben Graves and Joshua Kaye.
Three Guildhall School composers take the ‘harmony’ of Hector Berlioz as a starting point for a series of new works, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society as part of its Bicentenary celebrations. Scored for voice and small ensemble including guitar – Berlioz’s own instrument – the concert offers a thoroughly contemporary twist on this unique composer’s music.
Part of RPS200, a year-long celebration of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary in 2013.
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