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Work: La Mort de Cléopâtre

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeVocal
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MadridLudwig van Beethoven 250 años de su nacimiento, 2

Ludwig van Beethoven 250 años de su nacimiento, 2
Berlioz, Beethoven
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE; Pablo González; Alice Coote; María Espada; Johannes Chum; Dietrich Henschel

ParisOrchestre National de France / Riccardo Muti

Cherubini, Berlioz, Bizet, Respighi
Orchestre National de France; Riccardo Muti; Marie-Nicole Lemieux
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Chicago Symphony ranges from insipid to extraordinary at Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall © Todd Rosenberg Photography
A sublime performance of Berlioz' La Mort de Cléopâtre by Joyce DiDonato, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra overshadows the rest of a Rome-inspired concert at Carnegie Hall.
****1
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Susan Graham's gripping New Zealand debut

Susan Graham © Dario Acosta
This was astonishing and gripping vocalism from a true master of Berlioz style.
*****
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The Ultimate Romantic: BBCSSO uncovers Lélio, a Berlioz rarity

Neal Davies © Gerard Collett

BBCSSO’s contributes to Berlioz – The Ultimate Romantic with a swaggering Waverley Overture, Dramatic Death of Cleopatra and an intriguing performance of Lélio, or what happened after Symphonie Fantastique.

****1
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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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Guerreo leads Seattle Symphony into its new season

Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Seattle Symphony © Carlin Ma
The Seattle Symphony, under the outstanding leadership of guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, overcame the absence of their maestro and gave a worthy reading of the monumental work.
****1
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