FESTIVAL BERLIOZ 2022 - PROGRAMME PUBLISHED

The Festival Berlioz 2022 will take place in the composer's birthplace town of La Côte Saint-André in southeastern France from 18-31 August. Highlights of the festival include

  • a concert performance of the opera Béatrice et Bénédict with the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg & Choirs under John Nelson (leading soloists Sasha Cook and Toby Spence),
  • soprano Joyce DiDonato singing the La Mort de Cléopâtre cantata, and
  • the Orchestre National de France under Thomas Hengelbrock in the Symphonie fantastique.

To see the full programme, and for details of online booking, please click here.

JOHN NELSON'S BERLIOZ - MORE RECORDINGS DUE

Following his fine Erato recordings of Berlioz's Les Troyens (Gramophone's Recording of the Year in 2018) and La Damnation de Faust (released December 2019) - and with Les Nuits d'été and Harold en Italie in the can and due for release in November - John Nelson returned to Strasbourg in June to conduct the city's Philharmonic Orchestra in the dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette.

This was recorded live over two performances with additional patching sessions. Conductor and orchestra were joined by soloists Joyce DiDonato, Cyrille Dubois and Christopher Maltman, the Gulbenkian Chorus from Lisbon (as the Montagues) and the Chorus of the Opéra national du Rhin (as the Capulets). Nelson has also recorded, under studio conditions, the scène lyrique La Mort deCléopâtre with DiDonato.

Information from Gramophone Magazine (August 2022)

SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE AT BBC PROMS, 8 AUGUST 2022

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conductor Ryan Bancroft, plays Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique at BBC Prom 30 at Royal Albert Hall on August 8 at 1900 hrs.

Tickets are available online: please click here for details or telephone 020 7070 4441.

AURORA PERFORM SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE FROM MEMORY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2022

Conductor Nicholas Collon directs the Aurora Orchestra in unconventional performance of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, with musicians standing upright and playing from memory.

On September 27, 7.30pm at South Bank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. We shall post more details when they become available.

LSO CONCERTS WITH BERLIOZ WORKS, AUTUMN 2022

September 14

6.30pm Half-Six Fix: Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture; works by Debussy, Takemitsu & Ravel

LSO, Sir Simon Rattle in Barbican Hall.

For details please click here.

September 15

7pm Berlioz : Le Corsaire Overture; works by Ravel, Takemitsu, Sibelius & Bartok

LSO, Sir Simon Rattle in Barbican Hall.

For details please click here.

November 20

7pm Berlioz Symphonie fantastique; Beethoven Triple Concerto

LSO, Music Academy of the West, Gianandrea Noseda at LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street London EC1.

For details please click here.

NEXT SOCIETY STUDY WEEKEND SCHEDULED FOR 26 & 27 NOVEMBER 2022

Members are informed that our next Society Weekend - the 19th - will take place on 26 and 27November. The subject will be 'The Women in Berlioz's Life and Imagination'; the location as always will be The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT.

The full programme and booking form will be available in the autumn.

LA DAMNATION DE FAUST AT RFH, 4 FEBRUARY 2023

Edward Gardner will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir and members of the London Symphony Chorus, and the London Youth Choir, in a performance of La Damnation de Faust at the Royal Festival Hall, London, UK on 4 February 2023 at 7:30 pm.

Soloists will be:

Karen Cargill, mezzo-soprano (Marguerite);

David Junghoon Kim, tenor (Faust);

Christopher Purves, baritone (Méphisophélès); and

Jonathan Lemal, bass (Brander).

For details and tickets, please click here.

THE MEMOIRS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS AN AUDIOBOOK

Please click on AUDIOBOOK - THE MEMOIRS OF BERLIOZ from the menu above.

"DISCOVERING BERLIOZ" BY DAVID CAIRNS OUT ON TOCCATA PRESS

"Discovering Berlioz - Essays, Reviews, Talks" - the new, 400-page book on Berlioz by Society President David Cairns is now out and available (price £39.50) on Toccata Press, London.

For further details please click here.


PETER BLOOM'S NEW ANNOTATIONS FOR BERLIOZ MÉMOIRES PUBLISHED

French publisher Vrin has announced the publication of U.S. Professor Emeritus Peter Bloom's fresh annotations to Berlioz's Mémoires, a major 900-page project supported in part by the Berlioz Society. A compendious work by a leading Berliozian scholar, casting fascinating new light on the Memoirs. In French.

MÉMOIRES D'HECTOR BERLIOZ DE 1803 À 1865, ET SES VOYAGES EN ITALIE, EN ALLEMAGNE, EN RUSSIE ET EN ANGLETERRE  ÉCRIT PAR LUI-MÊME

Price 49€ - For more information please click here.

CONCERT MONSTRE - PERFORMANCE FILMED

24 June 2019 saw five hundred artists on stage at the Philharmonie de Paris, performing the Funeral and Triumphal Symphony under the direction of François-Xavier Roth.

To watch, please click here.  Thanks to Jim Hart for sending the link.

ALASTAIR ABERDARE AND DAVID CAIRNS AWARDED MEDALS OF HONOUR BY LA CÔTE SAINT-ANDRÉ

At a ceremony in the Town Hall in early September during the Festival Berlioz 2017, Berlioz Society President David Cairns and Chairman Alastair Aberdare were presented with medals of honour by the Mayor of La Côte Saint-André, Joël Gullon.

Photograph below by kind permission of Festival Berlioz.

BERLIOZ LETTERS PUBLISHED BY ACTES SUD

The long-awaited ninth volume of the Correspondance générale - entitled "New Letters by Berlioz, his family and contemporaries" - has appeared - with some 300 hitherto unpublished letters - as a continuation of the initial eight volumes published by Flammarion under the editorial supervision of the late Pierre Citron. This latest volume is published by Actes Sud and the Palazzetto Bru Zane, with support from the Association nationale Hector Berlioz, the Musée Hector Berlioz, the Festival Berlioz, Smith College USA and the Fondation d'entreprise La Poste.

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).

 

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