Hector Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette
.: (concert performance in French with English surtitles)
.: There will be no interval in this performance which will end at approx. 9.15pm

Widely considered to be his most original and dramatic programmatic work, Berlioz's choral symphony Romeo and Juliet is a tour de force for orchestra, chorus and soloists.

A personal homage to his own heroes Shakespeare and Beethoven, it has been described by the musicologist Donald Tovey as `one of the most gigantic and convincing masterpieces of music-drama' ever written, pushing the limits of the contemporary orchestra's capabilities in terms of colour, programmatic scope and individual virtuosity. Wagner attended its première in 1839 and was deeply affected by it, later presenting Berlioz with the score of his own Tristan und Isolde inscribed with the words `To the dear and great author of Romeo and Juliet, from the grateful author of Tristan and Isolde.'

Please note that this concert replaces the previously advertised performance of Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust

6pm, 'Explore' - an introduction to this evening's programme. Free

Performers

Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Christianne Stotijn mezzo-soprano
Paul Groves tenor
Gerald Finley baritone
Philharmonia Chorus

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