Prom 33: Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
We begin our coverage from this year’s BBC Proms with a much-loved English conductor and his period instrument orchestra.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s second appearance of the Proms season showcases the work of the conductor’s period-instrument ensemble – the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, specialists in 19th- and 20th-century repertoire. Gardiner’s brisk and brilliant take on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony promises to find fresh energy within a familiar work – a Classical curtain-raiser to Berlioz’s extravagant Symphonie fantastique, the height of Romantic excess, with its quasi-cinematic storytelling and vivid, ghoulish soundscapes.
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