GLYNDEBOURNE "BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT" NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
The 2016 Glyndebourne production of Berlioz's late opera "Béatrice et Bénédict" - based on Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" - has been issued in DVD/Blu Ray format - the only official DVD of the work to date !
Available from Presto at £20 (£24 for Blu Ray).
Cast: Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Béatrice) ;
Paul Appleby (Bénédict);
The Glyndebourne Chorus & London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Antonello Manacorda Stage director Laurent Pelly - Opus Arte: OA1239D DVD) / OABD7219D (Blu Ray)
FESTIVAL BERLIOZ, 18 AUGUST TO 3 SEPTEMBER 2017
Festival Berlioz – La Côte-Saint-André
So British: Berlioz à Londres au temps des expositions universelles
(Berlioz in London at the time of the Universal Exhibitions)
Highlights of the 15-day festival include John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire
et Romantique in "La Damnation de Faust", a Concert shakespearien featuring music by Berlioz inspired by the bard, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Handel's Water and Royal Fireworks Music performed by Hervé Niquet's Concert Spirituel; performances by National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Orchestre national de Lyon (Paul Daniel), Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (Douglas Boyd), Aurora Orchestra, The King's Consort, London, London Haydn Quartet and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the direction of Roger Norrington in Berlioz's "Nuits d'été" (mezzo-soprano Christine Rice) & "Symphonie fantastique".
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"DAMNATION DE FAUST" WITH SIMON RATTLE, 17 & 19 SEPTEMBER 2017
Saturday September 16, 10.30am - 3.30pm:
Rehearsal of "The Damnation of Faust" / discussion of Faust legend. For details, click here.
Sunday September 17, 6pm - 8.40pm and
Tuesday September 19, 7pm-9.40pm:
Concert - "The Damnation of Faust". For details, click here.
"BERLIOZ IN ITALY" STUDY WEEKEND, LONDON, 2 & 3 DECEMBER 2017
For more details please click on the box below..
JOHN NELSON RECORDS NEW TROJANS IN STRASBOURG
Leading the cast in a towering interpretation were French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Cassandre), Americans MIchael Spyres (tenor/ Énée) and Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano/Didon) with Nelson conducting the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
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GARDINER TO CONDUCT LES NUITS D'ÉTÉ AT THE BARBICAN, MARCH 11 2018
For details please click here.
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE AT FESTIVAL HALL IN JUNE 2018
Paavo Järvi will conduct The Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of the Symphonie fantastique at London's Royal Festival Hall in a concert starting at 7.30pm on June 3, 2018 - Tickets and details: click here.
BERLIOZ SESQUICENTENARY 2019
2019 marks the sesquicentenary - or 150th anniversary - of the death of Berlioz in 1869 and plans are already afoot in France and Britain to celebrate this event. The Berlioz Society's Chairman Alastair Aberdare is heading initiatives in Britain to stage major concerts of the composer's works, while in France, an International Conference is to take place in August 2019 at La Côte Saint-André, Berlioz's birthplace, in cooperarion with the Festival Berlioz and the Musée Hector Berlioz.
Please click the button below for more details (in French and English).
SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE VOTED SEVENTH GREATEST SYMPHONY IN BBC SURVEY
BBC Music Magazine surveyed 151 conductors working across the world to come up with a list of the 20 great symphonies with Berlioz's Fantastic Symphony in seventh place. Each conductor was asked to name his or her top three symphonies in any order before the magazine processed that into a top 20. Among the conductors polled was Simon Rattle (Beethoven's Third, Bruckner's Eighth, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde), Marin Alsop (Barber's First, Brahms's Third, Mahler's Second) and Sakari Oramo (Beethoven's Third, Mahler's Third, Sibelius's Fifth). Berlioz and Tchaikovsky were the only two non-German-Austrian composers listed in the Top Ten.
The BBC Music Magazine top 10
1. Beethoven Symphony No 3 (1803)
2. Beethoven Symphony No 9 (1824)
3. Mozart Symphony No 41 (1788)
4. Mahler Symphony No 9 (1909)
5. Mahler Symphony No 2 (1894 rev 1903)
6. Brahms Symphony No 4 (1885)
7. Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (1830)
8. Brahms Symphony No 1 (1876)
9. Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 (1893)
10. Mahler Symphony No 3 (1896)
BERLIOZ LETTERS PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD
This collection is available in French only.
Nouvelles lettres de Berlioz, de sa famille, de ses contemporains
Peter Bloom, Joël-Marie Fauquet, Hugh J. Macdonald, Cécile Reynaud (Editors)
Published by Actes Sud / Palazzetto Bru Zane, 792 pages, price 30 € (available from Musée Hector Berlioz - price includes postage and packing).