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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sunday, October 14, 2018 3 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner by Sim Canetty-Clarke,  Lucile Richardot, Antoine Tamestit by Julien Mignot
Please note that the start time for this concert is now 3 PM.

Here’s a rare opportunity to hear the music as Berlioz would have when the piquant winds, warm brass, and crisp strings of a celebrated period-instrument orchestra make his vibrant colors and gorgeous melodies soar even higher. Moving tales inspired by Romantic poetry and classical antiquity are set to music by a quintessentially French Romantic. Berlioz cast the viola as the protagonist in Harold in Italy, a moody and melodic work recalling Byron’s wandering hero, while two legendary queens—Dido and Cleopatra—come to life in impassioned vocal music.

Part of: Create Your Own Series and International Festival of Orchestras I

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique is also performing October 15.


Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Artistic Director and Conductor
Lucile Richardot, Mezzo-Soprano
Antoine Tamestit, Viola


Le Corsaire Overture
La mort de Cléopâtre
Selections from Les Troyens, Part II
·· "Chasse Royale et Orage"
·· "Je vais mourir ... Adieu, fière cité"
Harold in Italy

At a Glance

This all-Berlioz concert presents masterpieces in various genres and periods from the career of one of music’s most daring innovators, performed on the instruments for which they were written. The earliest piece, La mort de Cléopâtre, is a student work, but it already has the morbid sensuality and harmonic instability that became Berlioz’s trademarks. Judged to be too radical by the Paris Conservatoire and never published in Berlioz’s lifetime, it has become, in our time, a harrowing showpiece for mezzo-soprano. Harold en Italie—a love letter to Italy and a cross between viola concerto and symphony—is a more mellow, flowing work, though it exhibits some of Berlioz’s boldest experiments in timbre, rhythm, and color. The most mature works on the program are a spectacular ballet scene and a heart-rending aria from Berlioz’s opera Les Troyens, the culmination of his life’s work. The concert opens with Le Corsaire Overture, one of Berlioz’s most exhilarating masterworks for orchestra.

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