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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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AmsterdamNetherlands Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

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Widmann, Beethoven, Berlioz
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Mei-Ann Chen; Lise Berthaud
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The Italian Connection: Nézet-Séguin and OM head south

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © Hans van der Woerd

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

****1
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Harding shines and Tamestit meanders as Paris comes to Edinburgh

Daniel Harding conducts the Orchestre de Paris © Ryan Buchanan
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

Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta
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 and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Antoine Tamestit takes a peripatetic approach to Byron's brooding hero, while Joyce DiDonato dies – twice – as Cleopatra and Dido. 
*****
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Literary influences in music in São Paulo

Jaime Martín conducts Antoine Tamestit and the OSESP in a night of literary inspired music by Berlioz, Turina and De Falla. 
***11
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