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Work: Béatrice et Bénédict: overture

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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PittsburghMozart & More

Berlioz, Mozart, Dukas, Ravel
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Jonathan Biss
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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.

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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

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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