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Work: Harold en Italie, Op.16

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Year1834
Work typeOrchestral
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BelfastBella Italia

Berlioz, Elgar, Respighi
Ulster Orchestra; Daniele Rustioni; Timothy Ridout
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Berlioz and Brahms brighten up the Tonhalle

The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich plays Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet, while Antoine Tamestit joins the orchestra as wandering soloist in Berlioz' Harold in Italy

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The Italian Connection: Nézet-Séguin and OM head south

Three Montreal luminaries of symphonic music, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Marina Thibeault and Violet Archer, contributed to a delightful afternoon concert entitled Berlioz in Italy.

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Harding shines and Tamestit meanders as Paris comes to Edinburgh

Harding demonstrates how this orchestra have improved under his leadership, but Tamestit's theatrics don't help.
***11
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Shostakovich, Berlioz and the Great American Songbook at the Barbican

Philip Cobb’s bluesy inflections turned the dear old Barbican Hall into the coolest nightspot in the capital; they might as well have lowered the lights and served cocktails.
*****
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Byron's Harold the unlikely star in Gardiner's Berlioz Prom

Antoine Tamestit takes a peripatetic approach to Byron's brooding hero, while Joyce DiDonato dies – twice – as Cleopatra and Dido. 
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