Berlioz Romeo et Juliette (2016)

Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev

Almost from the moment that the 23 year old Berlioz saw the English company's performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Odéon theatre in September 1827, ideas for some kind of musical response began to crowd into his mind. But the article in an English newspaper which later reported that as he left the theatre he exclaimed, 'I shall write my grandest symphony on the play' could not have been more wrong.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Valery Gergiev

Valery Gergiev is Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Stars of the White Nights Festival (St Petersburg), the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. His inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Born in Moscow, he studied conducting with Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory, won the Herbert von Karajan Conductors’ Competition aged 24, and made his Mariinsky Opera debut one year later conducting Prokofiev’s War and Peace. In 2003 he led St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary celebrations, and opened the Carnegie Hall season with the Mariinsky Orchestra,the first Russian conductor to do so since Tchaikovsky conducted the Hall’s inaugural concert in 1891. Valery Gergiev’s many awards include a Grammy, the Dmitri Shostakovich Award, the Golden Mask Award, People’s Artist of Russia Award, and France’s Royal Order of the Legion of Honour. His vast discography includes Russian operas, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky Symphonies, and numerous discs on the LSO Live and Mariinsky labels, including a Mahler Symphony cycle, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Wagner’s Parsifal, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and a disc of Debussy’s music.

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Berlioz Romeo et Juliette (2016)

Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra

    BBC Music Magazine -

‘His [Gergiev] orchestra and chorus has been seasoned with Berlioz under Sir Colin Davis, with two familiar soloists, the rich toned Olga Borodina and Kenneth Tarver, who once again delivers Mercutio’s Queen Mab fantasy with elegant fluency and dash.’

    The Northern Echo

An account that brims with energy and vitality

The Northern Echo

    The Scotsman -

Valery Gergiev directs a red-hot performance here with the LSO and the London Symphony Chorus, augmented by the fresh-sounding Guildhall School Singers…It’s a strong team performance, driven by earthy passion

The Scotsman

    Journal de Quebec -

Under the direction of the great conductor Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra shines in all its finery… Between touching and elegance, Gergiev, LSO and interpreters are integral to delivering a version that highlights the serious and mysterious atmosphere. A great success

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Berlioz Romeo et Juliette (2016)

Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Maillinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, neil Hutchinson - Classic Sound Ltd
Recording location: Barbican, London
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Premiere Partie - No 1 - Introduction - Combats - Tumulte - Intervention du Prince
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Premiere Partie - No 1 - Prologue - Recitatif Chorale D'anciennes haines endormies
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Premiere Partie - No 1 - Prologue - Strophes Premiers transports que nul n'oublie!
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Premiere Partie - No 1 - Prologue - Recitatif et Scherzetto Bientot de Romeo
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Deuxieme Partie - No 2 - Romeo seul - Tristesse - Bruit lointain de bal et de concert - Grande Fe
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Deuxieme Partie - No 3 - Scene d'amour - Nuit sereine - Le Jardin de Capulet, silencieux et dese
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Deuxieme Partie - No 4 - Scherzo - La Reine Mab, ou la Fee des Songes
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Troisieme Partie - No 5 - Convoi funebre de Juliette Jetez des fleurs pour la vierge expiree!
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Troisieme Partie - No 6 - Romeo au tombeau des Capulets - Invocation - Reveil de Juliette
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Troisieme Partie - No 7 - Final - La foule accourt au cimetiere - Rixe des Capulets et des Mont
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Troisieme Partie - No 7 - Final - Air du Pere Laurence Pauvres enfants que je pleure
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Troisieme Partie - No 7 - Final - Serment de reconciliation Jurez donc, par l'auguste symbole
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