30 Oct 2017

BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy

From Music Alive, 7:00 pm on 30 October 2017

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