Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette, Beatrice et Benedict Overture, Le Roi Lear Overture | Naxos 857344950

Berlioz - Romeo et Juliette, Beatrice et Benedict Overture, Le Roi Lear Overture

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 857344950

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 12th April 2019

Contents

Artists

Marion Lebegue (mezzo-soprano)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Frederic Caton (bass)
Spirito
Choeurs et Solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tetu
Orchestre National de Lyon

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Beatrice et Benedict, op.27
» Overture
Le Roi Lear: Overture, op.4
Romeo et Juliette, op.17

Artists

Marion Lebegue (mezzo-soprano)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Frederic Caton (bass)
Spirito
Choeurs et Solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tetu
Orchestre National de Lyon

Conductor

Leonard Slatkin

About

Of all Berlioz’s Shakespeare-inspired works, Roméo et Juliette is unquestionably his masterpiece. It is also cast in an innovative new form, a kind of ‘super-symphony’ that incorporates elements of symphony, opera and oratorio. Berlioz composed no singing roles for the central characters, but allowed others to comment or narrate, giving latitude to incarnate the lovers in a musical language of extraordinary delicacy and passion. The vivid Ball Scene and Romeo at the Capulet tomb are intensely dramatic but the heart of the work is the Love Scene, a long symphonic poem which Richard Wagner called ‘the melody of the 19th century’.

This is the third release in Leonard Slatkin and Orchestre National de Lyon’s series of recording works by Hector Berlioz. 2019 also marks the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Of the Symphonie fantastique recording (8572886/NBD0029), American Record Guide wrote: ‘Slatkin gives us a solid, balanced, well-paced Symphonie fantastique… Where some conductors see in the score a green light for all sorts of over-the-top shenanigans, Slatkin draws the listener’s attention to the beauty, nuance, and carefully wrought inner detail of the music.’ It was a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Month’ and nominated for a Grammy Award in 2012.

Their release of Harold en Italie (8573297/NBD0042) was an ‘Editor’s Choice’ by AllMusic.com: ‘Slatkin leads the orchestra with energy and humor, making sure that the picturesque aspects of the piece are vividly conveyed. This program is sure to please Berlioz aficionados…’

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