Berlioz, Hector

July 8, 2019, 7:00 pm

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Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803-69) wrote that “Beethoven opened before me a new world of music, as Shakespeare had revealed a new universe of poetry.” Bill covers the arc of Berlioz’s life and music, from leaving medical school in Paris to attend the opera and studying at the Paris Conservatory, then being a model of the Romantic movement. This week’s fifth episode features the last two movements of Symphonie Fantastique, displaying Berlioz’s gift for spectacular drama and concludes with an excerpt from his setting of “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem.


Episode 1

Hector Berlioz: Herminie (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/JeanPhilippe Rouchon; Roslyn Plowright, soprano
ASV 30; 4:15

Hector Berlioz: Les Francs Juges
LSO/C. Davis
Philips 456143-2; 12:41

Hector Berlioz: Death of Cleopatra II
Philharmonia Orchestra/JeanPhilippe Rouchon; Plowwright, soprano
ASV 30; 6:49

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique I & II
Radio de Fussion Francaise/Beecham
ALP 1633; ​12:39, 6:42

Episode 2

Hector Berlioz: Lelio (excerpts from)
LSO/ Boulez; John Mitchinson, tenor; John Shirley-Quirk, baritone
Sony SM3K-64103(3); 5:29, 3:50

Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy, II & III
BSO/Munch William Primrose, viola
RCA 68444-2; 6:42, 6:30

Hector Berlioz: Requiem (excerpts from)
RCA 62544-2; ​11:22, 5:14, 9:21

Episode 3

Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini, overture
LSO/C. Davis
Philips 157302; 9:35

Hector Berlioz: Reverie et caprice
Quebec Symphony Orch./ Talmi; James Ehnes, violin
Analekta 23151; 8:29

Hector Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet (excerpt)
BSO/ Munch
RCA 34168; 4:34

Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d’ete (excerpts from)
BSO/Munch Victoria de Los Angeles, soprano
RCA 60393; 6:26, 5:08, 3:40

Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
LSO/C. Davis
Philips 456143-2; 8:57

Episode 4

Hector Berlioz: Marche funebre pour la derniere scene d’Hamlet
Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique/ Gardiner
Philips 446676-2; 6:34

Hector Berlioz: Damnation of Faust (excerpts from)
Philharmonia Orch. and Chorus/ Chung; Keith Lewis, Bryn Terfel, Anne Sofie von Otter, soloists
DG 453500-2 (2); 14:40, 8:03, 8:22

Hector Berlioz: L’enfance de Christ Part II, I & II
BSO/ Munch; New England Conservatory Chorus
RCA 61234-2; ​4:56, 4:04

Episode 5

Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens (excerpts from)
LSO and Chorus/Davis
Philips 456837; 3:45,19:33, 6:35

Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, IV & V
Radio de Fussion Francaise/Beecham
EMI 67972; 5:13, 10:39

Hector Berlioz
La Marceillaise (excerpt); ​1:41