Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette, Trojan March, Royal Hunt and Storm | Chandos CHSA51692

Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette, Trojan March, Royal Hunt and Storm

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA51692

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 2nd September 2016

Contents

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Chasse royale et Orage
» Marche troyenne
Romeo et Juliette, op.17

Artists

Michele Losier (mezzo-soprano)
Samuel Boden (tenor)
David Soar (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Chasse royale et Orage
» Marche troyenne
Romeo et Juliette, op.17

Artists

Michele Losier (mezzo-soprano)
Samuel Boden (tenor)
David Soar (bass)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

About

After two volumes with other top international Chandos orchestras in this Berlioz series, Sir Andrew Davis joins the BBC Symphony – where he is Conductor Laureate – for a new recording.

The highlight on this double SACD album is Roméo et Juliette, Berlioz’s third symphony, which draws once again on his greatest literary passion, Shakespeare, and on his own most fervent experiences.

It is coupled with two excerpts from the largest work Berlioz ever attempted, the opera Les Troyens, based on Virgil, another literary passion. Both show Berlioz’s orchestral wizardry, using offstage brass and drums to represent the hunters’ calls and the storm in the ‘Royal Hunt and Storm’ and the glory of Rome in the ‘Trojan March’.

The recording follows a historic performance with the same forces at the Barbican in January: a ‘magical revelation... that wrought shivers’ (Bachtrack), in which ‘one could feel the instant rightness of the sonorous imagery Berlioz devises’ (The Sunday Times). The concert and recording project marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Reviews

Davis’s reading is ... richly expansive, glowingly warm and full of subtle atmospheric nuances, bringing Berlioz’s contrasting sound pictures vividly to life – the ‘Tumulte’, the finely pointed instrumental solos, the sensuous love music, the guests departing the ball, the delicate yet surging Mab scherzo, the thunderous concluding affirmation. ... This has rapidly become a favourite contemporary version ...  Michael Scott Rohan (Choral & Song Choice)
BBC Music Magazine November 2016

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