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Of Madness and Love - works by Berlioz inspired by Shakespeare incl. Roi Lear; Roméo et Juliette; La mort de Cléopatre / Vesselina Kasarova, mz; Soyoung Yoon, violin

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Roi Lear
>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette
>Berlioz, Hector : Romanze für Violini und Orchester
>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

After completing her training as a concert pianist and gaining her diploma, Vesselina Kasarova went on to study singing at the Music Academy of Sofia. She has since then given concerts and recitals throughout Europe, the USA and Japan. Ivor Bolton is chief conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, with whom he has appeared annually at the Salzburg Festival since 2000, and on tour (including at the 2006 BBC Proms in London), and with whom he has already built up an extensive discography including a critically successful series of Bruckner Symphony recordings. The Sinfonieorchester Basel, rooted in the nation's northwest, is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. Of Madness and Love features vocal and instrumental works of Hector Berlioz inspired by the words of William Shakespeare.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Anyhow, when listening to the King Lear Overture, the opening work on the album, at first I was really struck. With smaller than usual strings (11-10-8-6-4), the use of natural French horns, trumpets, and trombones, and historical timpani, and recorded neither in concert nor in a studio but in a casino with full-range, warm, resonant, clear sound, it was for me like hearing Berlioz for the first time. When playing melodies, the woodwinds contrast perfectly with the strings; when doubling the strings, the subtle colors are like lights shining from within.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/25/2014-08/28/2014).



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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Roi Lear :: Grande Ouverture
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/25/2014-08/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/1831

>Berlioz, Hector : Roméo et Juliette :: Scène d'amour
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/25/2014-08/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 09/1839

>Berlioz, Hector : Romanze für Violini und Orchester :: Rêverie et Caprice
  • Performer: Soyoung Yoon (Violin)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/25/2014-08/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 03/1841

>Berlioz, Hector : La Mort de Cléopâtre, for soprano & orchestra, H.36
  • Performer: Vesselina Kasarova (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Ensemble: Basel Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Stadtcasino Basel, Musiksaal (08/25/2014-08/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 07/1829