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Berlioz: Beatrice et Benedict / Manacorda, London Philharmonic


Release Date: 07/28/2017 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: OA 1239D  
Composer:  Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Paul ApplebySophie KarthäuserStéphanie d' OustracLionel Lhote,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonello Manacorda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraGlyndebourne Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz's undying admiration for the Bard - his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opera comique - becomes ''an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50's-era costumes'' (Sunday Express). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it's ''terribly chic, terribly pretty'' (The Spectator). Soaring over the ''warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic'', Paul Appleby sings ''attractively'' as Benedict and Stephanie d'Oustrac ''makes a marvellously wiry and fiery Beatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto'' (The Telegraph). Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz's undying admiration for the Bard - his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opera comique - becomes ''an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50's-era costumes'' (Sunday Express). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it's ''terribly chic, terribly pretty'' (The Spectator). Soaring over the ''warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic'', Paul Appleby sings ''attractively'' as Benedict and Stephanie d'Oustrac ''makes a marvellously wiry and fiery Beatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto'' (The Telegraph). Read less

Works on This Recording

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Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Paul Appleby (Tenor), Sophie Karthäuser (Soprano), Stéphanie d' Oustrac (Mezzo Soprano),
Lionel Lhote (Baritone), Frédéric Caton (Baritone), Katarina Bradic (Alto),
Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Antonello Manacorda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860-1862; France 

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