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Berlioz: Harold in Italy; La mort de Cléopatre / Karen Cargill, mz; Antoine Tamestit, viola; London SO, Gergiev

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Violist Antoine Tamestit and mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill join forces with the London Symphony and Valery Gergiev in the latest installment of their Berlioz exploration. Taking inspiration from Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Harold en Italie is among the most poetic of Berlioz's oeuvre, its ingenious use of solo viola charting the dreamy Harold's wanderings throughout the Italian countryside, and the characters encountered along the way. "La mort de Cléopâtre is a monumental work, grand in drama, orchestration and vocally challenging. The scope of the piece is huge, not only emotionally - it has a vocal range of over two octaves within only a few pages, ultimately quite operatic in delivery. Pacing the work is a huge part of performing it, allowing the character to recollect, reflect and ultimately act. The death scene is so wonderfully written, so simple and real." (Karen Cargill) 'Antoine Tamestit... brought a strong, forthright personality to the hero of Harold en Italie. (Financial Times) 'Cargill sang with superb diction and a marvelously rich upper register.' (Bachtrack)

The Times, 19th April 2014
The performance, by the London Symphony Orchestra and 24 men from the Monteverdi Choir, is admirably clear, precise and hard-edged; the soloists are adequate; and the coupler - Stravinsky's startlingly romantic Apollon MusagFte ballet for string orchestra - is gorgeous.

Sunday Times, 8th February 2015
These are vividly coloured, gripping live performances. Antoine Tamestit's viola offers silky sound in the Byron-inspired symphony Harold en Italie...[In La mort de ClTopGtre] Karen Cargill is deeply affecting.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2015
Karen Cargill gives a gripping account of The Death of Cleopatra, clearly relishing the music's graphic portrayal of a woman in a state of mental torment...while Berlioz's extraordinary ending is fully realised through the brilliance of the LSO's string section.

Sunday Times, 6th April 2014
The clarion tones of Stuart Skelton's Oedipus are imperfectly caught by the LSO microphones, but Jennifer Johnston's lush-toned Jocasta and the men of Gardiner's Monteverdians excel.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
A fine recording. It comes with a trilingual, 24-page booklet with notes, pictures, and bios.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Barbican, London (11/01/2013/11/12/2013).


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>Berlioz, Hector : Harold in Italy for viola and orchestra, Op. 16
  • Performer: Antoine Tamesit (Viola)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Barbican, London (11/01/2013/11/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 41 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 07/1834

>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
  • Performer: Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Notes: Barbican, London (11/01/2013/11/12/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1829