Inspired by Byron's Childe Harold, Hector Berlioz's Harold in Italy imagines a solo viola as a melancholy dreamer, journeying through the Abruzzi region of Italy and always at odds with the orchestra.
The four parts are:
1 Adagio: Harold in the mountains. Scenes of melancholy, happiness and joy
2 Allegretto: March of the pilgrims singing the evening prayer
3 Allegro Assai: Serenade of an Abruzzi Mountain Dweller to his mistress
4 Allegro Frenetico: Orgy of brigands. Memories of scenes past
Antoine Tamestit plays a Stradivarius viola.
Recorded 6 October 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.
Producer: David McCaw
Engineer: Darryl Stack