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Work: Béatrice et Bénédict: overture

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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ClevelandTchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty

Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky
The Cleveland Orchestra; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider; Jean-Yves Thibaudet

LondonMusical Reflections

Musical Reflections
Berlioz, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins; Pablo Ferrández

HullRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra

Berlioz, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins; Pablo Ferrández
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Cambreling's farewell: a programme of French connections in Tokyo

Sylvain Cambreling © Marco Borggreve
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra's Sunday matinee, which was the final concert for its outgoing Principal Conductor Sylvain Cambreling, had many French connections.
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Prom 17: Lebewohl: The Proms bid farewell to a leading German radio orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington © BBC / Chris Christodoulou
The Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington give their very last concert together, with Robert Levin as soloist in Beethoven's fourth piano concerto.
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‘The French Beethoven’ unmasked by the OAE

The name George Onslow may conjure up images of whippets, pints and rolling Yorkshire dales, but he was in fact born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1784 and was known as ‘the French Beethoven’. 
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Opium, a serpent and French bassoons: Much Ado about Berlioz

Opium-induced hallucinations, French period bassoons as ripe as Camembert and a rare appearance by a serpent illuminated a thrilling Symphonie fantastique at Cadogan Hall.
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More Please: Ashkenazy, Tsujii and Philharmonia Orchestra in Bristol

On a stiflingly hot evening, a packed Colston Hall was met with an energetic conductor, Vladimir Ashkenazy, springing to the middle of the stage. Before the audience hushed, Berlioz’s Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict swirled around the room. Light-hearted, breezy and full of optimism, it made a great opening piece to the night’s programme.
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