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Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)

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EdinburghSymphonie fantastique

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Holmès, Mendelssohn, Berlioz
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Noa Wildschut

La CoruñaBerlioz & Ravel

Berlioz, Ravel
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Pablo González; Nils Mönkemeyer

GlasgowSymphonie fantastique

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Holmès, Mendelssohn, Berlioz
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Noa Wildschut

StrasbourgRoméo et Juliette

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, choral symphony
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg; John Nelson; Joyce DiDonato; Cyrille Dubois; Ildar Abdrazakov; Chœur de l'Opéra national du Rhin

New York CityThe MET Orchestra & Joyce DiDonato

Carnegie Hall Corporation
Berlioz
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Joyce DiDonato
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Mesmeric musicality from Jamal Aliyev in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Sinfonietta's Cellomania program showcased the young Turkish cellist's towering talent with a potpourri of show-stoppers.
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Polished performances from Francesca Dego and the BBC SO at the Anvil

Mixed performances that highlighted Francesco Dego's riveting account of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, bookended by Berlioz's ground-breaking symphony and a rare overture by Louise Farrenc. 
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Recipe for success: Rattle cooks up a musical feast with the LSO

An unusual collection of five disparate shorter orchestral works made for a fascinating celebration of Sir Simon Rattle’s musical enthusiasms over his career.
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New York Phil and Costanzo explore identity in Spears premiere

A premiere and a rarity cap New York Philharmonic’s mini-festival “Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within” created in partnership with Artist-in-Residence, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. 

***11
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A mad king and an angelic voice: Karabits and the LSO

Jump-ins are always risky: Kirill Karabits took over this LSO programme from Sir Simon Rattle. Though he left his mark with Debussy and Berlioz, his credentials in Mahler were open to question.
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