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Berlioz's
'Harold in Italy' -
heard by
STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA

'... sweet, plangent tone ...'

Berlioz: Harold en Italie; La mort de Cléopâtre - Valery Gergiev. © 2014 London Symphony Orchestra

Gergiev serves up an ebullient Harold, full of bright orchestral colours. The bass strings bring a touch of Russian shagginess to their themes, at the very start and elsewhere, though elsewhere the sonorities are relatively conventional. Once past the slow introduction, the first movement goes with a no-nonsense impulse at a restrained tempo. A buoyant swing propels the Serenade; the vigour of the finale's turbulent opening carries it through to an exciting conclusion...

Copyright © 12 April 2015 Stephen Francis Vasta,
New York, USA

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BERLIOZ: HAROLD EN ITALIE; LA MORT DE CLEOPATRE

HECTOR BERLIOZ

VALERY GERGIEV

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

VIOLA MUSIC

VOCAL MUSIC

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

BARBICAN CENTRE

LONDON

UNITED KINGDOM

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