Berlioz Essentials

Berlioz Essentials

About this playlist

Hector Berlioz was a self taught maverick, and despite being an oddball in many ways, his music is hugely influential, grand, audacious, and lush. But he didn't just innovate in his compositions. Berlioz is also hugely respected today as an authority on orchestration (his Treatise on Instrumentation is still considered one of the key texts on the subject), and he's credited with defining the role of a modern orchestral conductor.

Tracklist

  • La damnation de Faust, Op. 24, H 111, Scene 8: "Villes entourées ... Jam nox stellata velamina pandit"

    London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Chorus

    5:05

  • Christe, rex gloriae

    London Symphony Chorus, Nicolas Kynaston, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

    5:20

  • Berlioz: Les Troyens, Op. 29, H. 133, Act 4: "Nuit d'ivresse et d'extase infinie !" (Didon, Énée, Mercure)

    John Nelson, Jean Teitgen, Joyce DiDonato, Michael Spyres

    9:11

  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, H 48: II. Un bal. Valse. Allegro non troppo

    Sir Simon Rattle

    6:26

  • Kyrie

    The Monteverdi Choir, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner

    6:49

  • Béatrice et Bénédict, H.138 / Act 1
  • "Me marier? Dieu me pardonne!"

    John Mitchinson, John Cameron, John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

    6:13

  • IV. Orgie de brigands. Souvenirs des scenes precedentes: Allegro frenetico

    James Ehnes

    12:34

  • Berlioz: La Mort de Cléopâtre

    Sir Alexander Gibson

    20:56

  • Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23, H 76, Act I: Ouverture

    Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

    10:08

  • 4. Absence

    Sheila Armstrong, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

    5:50

  • Berlioz: Première partie. Le songe d'Hérode:
  • Sc. V. , L'étable de Bethléem - Marie, Joseph "Ô mon cher fils, donne cette herbe tendre"

    Philippe Herreweghe, Véronique Gens, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Olivier Lalouette, La Chapelle Royale

    7:27

  • Le jeune pâtre breton, Op.13, No.4 ("Fleurs des landes", H.65C)

    Frank Patterson, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

    4:23

  • II. Dies irae (Live)

    Collegiûm Mûsicûm Bergen Choir

    11:03

  • Waverley, Op. 1

    London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev

    9:41

  • Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9, H. 95

    Charles Munch, Boston Symphony Orchestra

    8:01

  • Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17, H. 79, Pt. 2: Scherzo - Queen Mab

    San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas

    8:38

  • Overture "Le Corsaire", Op.21, H.101

    Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Charles Dutoit

    8:08

  • Berlioz
  • Berlioz: La mort d'Ophélie, H. 92

    Sabine Devieilhe

    5:38

  • Total playing time

    2:31:40

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

About this playlist

Hector Berlioz was a self taught maverick, and despite being an oddball in many ways, his music is hugely influential, grand, audacious, and lush. But he didn't just innovate in his compositions. Berlioz is also hugely respected today as an authority on orchestration (his Treatise on Instrumentation is still considered one of the key texts on the subject), and he's credited with defining the role of a modern orchestral conductor.

Curated by

Guy Jones

Head of Curation

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