Almost from the moment that the 23 year old Berlioz saw the English company’s performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Odéon theatre in September 1827, ideas for some kind of musical response began to crowd into his mind. But the article in an English newspaper which later reported that as he left the theatre he exclaimed, ‘I shall write my grandest symphony on the play’ could not have been more wrong.
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Jonathan Stokes, neil Hutchinson – Classic Sound Ltd
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|Release Date||July 8, 2016|
BBC Music Magazine
‘His [Gergiev] orchestra and chorus has been seasoned with Berlioz under Sir Colin Davis, with two familiar soloists, the rich toned Olga Borodina and Kenneth Tarver, who once again delivers Mercutio’s Queen Mab fantasy with elegant fluency and dash.’
The Northern Echo
An account that brims with energy and vitality
Valery Gergiev directs a red-hot performance here with the LSO and the London Symphony Chorus, augmented by the fresh-sounding Guildhall School Singers…It’s a strong team performance, driven by earthy passion
Journal de Quebec
Under the direction of the great conductor Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra shines in all its finery… Between touching and elegance, Gergiev, LSO and interpreters are integral to delivering a version that highlights the serious and mysterious atmosphere. A great success
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