Roth: Berlioz - Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d'été (24/44 FLAC)
Roth: Berlioz – Harold en Italie, Les Nuits d’été (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Hector Berlioz
Performer: Tabea Zimmermann, Stephane Degout
Orchestra: Les Siecles
Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Size: 633 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op. 16
01. 1. Harold aux montagnes. Scènes de mélancolie, de bonheur et de joie. Adagio
02. 2. Marche de pèlerins chantant la prière du soir. Allegretto
03. 3. Sérénade d’un montagnard des Abbruzes à sa maîtresse. Allegro assai
04. 4. Orgie de brigands. Souvenirs des scènes précédentes. Allegro frenetico
Tabea Zimmermann (soloist)

Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été, Op. 7, H. 81B
05. 1. Villanelle, H. 82
06. 2. Le Spectre de la rose, H. 83
07. 3. Sur les lagunes, Lamento, H. 84
08. 4. Absence, H. 85
09. 5. Au cimetière, Clair de lune, H. 86
10. 6. L’Île inconnue, H. 87
Stéphane Degout (soloist)

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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