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concert Valery Gergiev conducts Berlioz's 'Waverley' Overture, Les Nuits d'été, and Symphonie fantastique London Symphony Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Valery Gergiev conducts Berlioz's 'Waverley' Overture, Les Nuits d'été, and Symphonie fantastique London Symphony Orchestra

About

The idea for Symphonie fantastique came from passionate love of its composer Berlioz for Harriet Smithson. He fell under the charms of the Irish actress when she was interpreting great Shakespearean roles of Ophelia and Juliet in 1827. After failing to capture her affections with his letters, he decided to try again with music. He created an autobiographical symphony and declaration of love all rolled into one, and in the process composed one of the first masterpieces of programmatic music! Valery Gergiev leads the London Symphony Orchestra in this performance of the work as part of an exciting program that also includes Berlioz’s Waverley Overture and song cycle Les Nuits d’été.

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Cast

  • Karen Cargill | Mezzo-soprano

Program

  • Hector Berlioz, Waverley Overture
  • Hector Berlioz, Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7
    • 1. Villanelle
    • 2. Le Spectre de la rose
    • 3. Sur les lagunes
    • 4. Absence
    • 5. Au cimetière
    • 6. L'île inconnue
  • Hector Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique: An Episode in the Life of an Artist, in Five Parts, Op. 14
    • 1. Visions and Passions
    • 2. A Ball
    • 3. A Scene in the Country
    • 4. March to the Scaffold
    • 5. Dream of a Witches' Sabbath

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Olivier Simonnet
  • Venue: The Barbican Centre (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2013
  • Production: © Les Films Jack Fébus, Mezzo
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