Liszt was called upon to sound a hyperbolic welcome in January 1836, despite the rancour between Fetis and Liszt's close friend Berlioz
, and despite the support that Fetis was giving at the time to Liszt's most serious rival, Thalberg.
Unlike Fidelio, however, Berlioz
's masterpiece is difficult to see and hear complete; to make matters worse, there is only one complete commercial recording now available, Colin Davis's still fresh-sounding 1969 Covent Garden reading with Jon Vickers as Aeneas towering over the rest of the generally good cast.
Van Rij traces Berlioz
's surprisingly numerous references to bayaderes, and misses only one, in the Rome-Prize-winning cantata of 1830, when the concupiscent Sardanapalus cries out "venez, bayaderes charmantes" in a line whose musical setting one of the reviewers of the first performance found especially enchanting.
While the stories of "Romeo and Juliet" and "Porgy and Bess" are well known, many people are not as familiar with the Berlioz
symphony, which Freck describes as "the darker side of passion."
Rodgers argues that the ways that form and program relate in Berlioz
's music deserve scrutiny.
REVIEW: William Marshall The Berlioz
- as its title suggests - is one of the most extraordinary, not to say bizarre works in the orchestral canon.
Swedish mezzo Katarina Karneus won the Cardiff Singer of the World title 14 years ago and in those years her voice has developed an often mellifluous beauty as she demonstrated in more Berlioz
with the song-cycle Les Nuits d'ete.
And just to make it a little more challenging, they will be singing in Latin for Te Deum by Berlioz
, a huge and impressive choral work that has never been heard at the prestigious venue.
Listening well; on Beethoven, Berlioz
, and other music criticism in Paris, Boston, and New York, 1764-1890.
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 South Korea; 2 Elysium; 3 Hector Berlioz
; 4 Istanbul; 5 Blake Edwards.