Berlioz: Les nuits d’été; Harold en Italie – Michael Spyres, Timothy Ridout, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, John Nelson

January 3, 2023, 9:00 am

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Following the award-winning Berlioz recordings of Les Troyens and Damnation de Faust, conductor John Nelson and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra present Les nuits d’été and Harold en Italie, with singer Michael Spyres and the young violist Timothy Ridout. Inspired by the poetry of Theophile Gautier, this version of Les nuits d’été will be the first-ever recording of the original 1856 version, with Spyres singing in a bass, tenor, and baritone voice. Harold in Italy takes the listener on a trip through the region between Rome and Naples, inspired by the traditional music Berlioz once heard during his trip in the villages near the Abruzzo mountains.