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Podcast: Berlioz and the Shakespeare effect

April 5, 2019

BERLIOZ, H.: Roméo et Juliette
Marion Lebègue, Julien Behr, Frédéric Caton, Spirito, Lyon National Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin
8.573449-50

Berlioz left us a number of Shakespeare-inspired works, chief among them his masterpiece Roméo et Juliette. The work took a decade to complete and is cast in an innovative form, a kind of ‘super-symphony’ that incorporates elements of symphony, opera and oratorio. Raymond Bisha introduces this new recording by Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon, an impeccable pairing for Berlioz’s music as demonstrated by their two previous, highly acclaimed recordings of his works (8.573297 and 8.572886). Also on the programme are the overtures to Béatrice et Bénédict and Le roi Lear.

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