Berlioz / Roméo et Juliette
Orchestre de Paris / François-Xavier Roth
To leave after this concert
- Taxi G7
- Livret d'Emile Deschamps
- Orchestre de Paris
- Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris
- François-Xavier Roth, conducting
- Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
- Loïc Félix, tenor
- Vincent Le Texier, bass
- Lionel Sow, choirmaster
What is surprising about Berlioz’s interpretation of the timeless love tragedy is that the two lovers are represented by the orchestra, while the vocal soloists play the voices of secondary characters. As if too sublime to be embodied, the passion unfolds through the alternation between superb orchestral and choral pieces (including the complex Prologue) and famous ‘numbers’, such as the exquisite oboe melody of Romeo’s ‘Sadness’, the ecstatic Adagio of the ‘Love Scene’, the fantastical volubility of Queen Mab’s Scherzo, Juliet’s funeral procession, with its chanting passing between orchestra and choir, etc.
Richly scored and remarkably prodigious in its ambiances and lyrical inspirations, this unusual ‘dramatic symphony’ stands as a masterpiece among Berlioz’s works and indeed the entire romantic repertoire.