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Work: Roméo et Juliette, choral symphony

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ParisRoméo et Juliette

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, choral symphony
Orchestre de Paris; François-Xavier Roth; Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris; Marie-Nicole Lemieux; Loïc Felix; Vincent Le Texier
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Happy Anniversary: 50 up for MTT and the LSO, 150 for Berlioz

Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the LSO © Kevin Leighton
Tilson Thomas has form with Berlioz: the full forces of the LSO and London Symphony Chorus built up to a noble blaze
****1
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In Rimsky's Kitezh, Gergiev eventually weaves some Russian magic

Valery Gergiev conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra © Luke Toddfrey
In Gergiev's late, late show, Mao Fujita impresses in Tchaikovsky, but episodes from Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette are given a Shakespearean speed read. 
***11
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Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette in Manchester

Ludovic Morlot, the Hallé and soloists in Manchester © The Hallé.
Ludovic Morlot conducts Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with The Hallé.
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Sweet sorrow: an excellent Roméo et Juliette at the Philharmonie

Gijs Leenaars, Shenyang, Andrew Staples, Daniel Harding and Kate Lindsey © Stephan Rabold
Daniel Harding conducts a handsome, moving account of Berlioz' Symphonie dramatique with the Berliner Philharmoniker. 
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Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie

Daniel Harding, Alina Ibragimova and the Swedish RSO at the Elbphilharmonie © Claudia Hohne
Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in love with Pettersson and Berlioz, whereas Alina Ibragimova disappoints in Schumann.
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