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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

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WiesbadenHélène Grimaud, Klavier | Münchner Philharmoniker | Valery Gergiev, Leitung

© Alberto Venzago
Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Hélène Grimaud

KuhmoSounds about words

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Colasanti, Vaughan Williams, Borne, Bridge, Glass
Kuhmo Chamber Soloists

AmsterdamRachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2, Beethovens Symphony no. 7

Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 2, Beethovens Symphony no. 7
Berlioz, Rachmaninov, Beethoven
Belgian National Orchestra; Hugh Wolff; Louis Lortie

AmsterdamMischa Maisky in Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no. 1

Mischa Maisky in Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no. 1
Glinka, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; Kazushi Ono; Mischa Maisky

AmsterdamSaint-Saëns' Organ Symphony and Yeol Eum Son plays Mozart

Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony and Yeol Eum Son plays Mozart
Berlioz, Mozart, Widor, Saint-Saëns
Residentie Orkest The Hague; Nicholas Collon; Yeol Eum Son; Olivier Latry
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Meditations on Rilke: important new MTT work performed in Cleveland

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
The outgoing music director of the San Francisco Symphony made a brilliant impression with his own Meditations on Rilke, with Sasha Cooke and Dashon Burton as soloists. Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique was given a revelatory performance.
****1
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A match made in Mendelssohn

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
Herbert Blomstedt and Lise de la Salle proved an ideal pair in the rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
*****
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Garanča glows in The Met's Damnation de Faust

Elīna Garanča © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Edward Gardner's conducting brings out the nuances of Berlioz's complex score, but The Met's concert staging lacks theatrical thrust.
***11
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Szeps-Znaider and Thibaudet in ebullient Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky

Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Andrew Eccles

A French of first half of Berlioz and Saint-Saëns – the latter with Jean-Yves Thibaudet – preceded Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider’s own suite from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty.

***11
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Chicago Symphony ranges from insipid to extraordinary at Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
A sublime performance of Berlioz' La Mort de Cléopâtre by Joyce DiDonato, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra overshadows the rest of a Rome-inspired concert at Carnegie Hall.
****1
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