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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Norrington, Ford, Groop

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

An authentic live performance of a seldom-heard masterpiece with world-famous Roger Norrington leading a talented young continental cast. Issued in celebration of the 2006 Berlioz Year at the Royal Albert Hall, London. There are three viable editions of the score, and Norrington chose to conduct the shortest of them, the three-act "Weimar version" that Berlioz sanctioned when Liszt revived the work in 1852, after it had failed at its Paris premiere fourteen years earlier. Most music lovers have only heard the famous Overture, but the entire opera is a revelation of vivid orchestration and beautiful vocalism. Live concert performance in French. "Norrington is a superb Berlioz conductor, who relishes every spark of invention in the score, every innovatory texture. Though he was conducting a modern-instrument orchestra, he applied some of the principles of period performance, making the strings ration their vibrato and the timpanists use hard sticks, and the textures never blurred this performance really came alive!" - The Guardian

BBC Music Magazine
This recording... is ablaze. ... Bruce Ford... can do both amorous and heroic, and blends well with Laura Claycomb's spirited Teresa. The outstanding characterisation is Monica Groop's Ascanio, a splendidly idiomatic use of words supporting her fine dramatic flair. Norrington... achieves pinpoint accuracy and makes the whole piece dance as well as sing.


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>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23
  • Performers: Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Matthias Hoffmann; Ekkehard Vogler; Christopher Maltman (Baritone); Eckhard Wagner (Organ); Ralf Lukas (Bass); Monica Groop; Franz Hawlata (Bass); Johannes Chum (Tenor); Reinhard Mayr (Bass); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/1834-09/1838.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/1834-09/1838
  • Studio/Live: Live