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Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Les nuit d'Ete / Zimmermann, Degout, Roth, Les Siecles

Les Siecles / Roth,Francois-xavier
Release Date: 01/18/2019 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902634  
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Tabea ZimmermannStèphane Degout
Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Siècles
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A new aesthetic calls for new forms: such is the challenge the composer Hector Berlioz set for himself in the two works presented here.

In Les Nuits d’été, Berlioz pioneered, well before Mahler and Ravel, a song cycle for voice and orchestra.

In Harold in Italy, scored for large orchestra and solo viola, he experimented with the symphonic genre.

These period-instrument performances by Les Siècles, led by François-Xavier Roth with violist Tabea Zimmermann, also feature Stéphane Degout in the vocal cycle, heard here in the composer’s own version for baritone.

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REVIEW:

Les Nuits d’été rapidly came to be
Read more seen as a vehicle for female voice. Stephane Dégout’s superb account makes clear this need not be so. Roth’s period-instrument ensemble provides superb support for Dégout, lifting rather than overpowering the voice. The orchestra is even more vivid when let loose on the adventures of Harold en Italie, bringing incisive rhythms, translucent textures and a fizzing energy, while Tabea Zimmermann holds nothing back.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Harold en Italie, Op. 16 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann (Viola)
Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Siècles
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; France 
2.
Les nuits d'été, Op. 7 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Stèphane Degout (Baritone)
Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Siècles
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1841; France 

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