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Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette & Overtures / Slatkin, Orchestre National de Lyon


Release Date: 04/12/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573449  
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Julien BehrMarion LebègueFrédéric Caton
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National OrchestraSpiritoChœurs et solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tétu
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of all Berlioz’s Shakespeare-inspired works, Romeo et Juliette is unquestionably his masterpiece. It is also cast in an innovative new form, a kind of ‘super-symphony’ that incorporates elements of symphony, opera and oratorio. Berlioz composed no singing roles for the central characters, but allowed others to comment or narrate, giving latitude to incarnate the lovers in a musical language of extraordinary delicacy and passion. The vivid ‘Ball Scene’ and ‘Romeo at the Capulet tomb’ are intensely dramatic but the heart of the work is the ‘Love Scene,’ a long symphonic poem which Richard Wagner called ‘the melody of the 19th century.’ Of all Berlioz’s Shakespeare-inspired works, Romeo et Juliette is unquestionably his masterpiece. It is also cast in an innovative new form, a kind of ‘super-symphony’ that incorporates elements of symphony, opera and oratorio. Berlioz composed no singing roles for the central characters, but allowed others to comment or narrate, giving latitude to incarnate the lovers in a musical language of extraordinary delicacy and passion. The vivid ‘Ball Scene’ and ‘Romeo at the Capulet tomb’ are intensely dramatic but the heart of the work is the ‘Love Scene,’ a long symphonic poem which Richard Wagner called ‘the melody of the 19th century.’ Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Julien Behr (Tenor), Marion Lebègue (Mezzo Soprano), Frédéric Caton (Bass)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra,  Spirito,  Chœurs et solistes de Lyon-Bernard Tétu
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; France 
2.
Béatrice et Bénédict: Overture by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 
3.
Le roi Lear Overture, Op. 4 by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; France 

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