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Berlioz Roméo et Juliette – BBC R3 Broadcast

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Berlioz’s large-scale setting of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Performed and recorded at the Barbican on 22nd January 2016.

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette

Michèle Losier (mezzo-soprano)
Samuel Boden (tenor)
David Soar (bass)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Symphony Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Available online until 25th February 2016:

Dutch Opera of the Year 2015: Orphée et Eurydice

Orphée et Eurydice has been voted Opera of the Year 2015 by the readers of Dutch magazine Place de l’Opera.  The production received more than half of the hundreds of votes that were released last week.

There were five productions nominated for Opera of the Year 2015, compiled on the basis of the “top 3” lists of 16 opera critics.  Four of them had Orphée et Eurydice as their number one choice.  Here are the final results:

1. Orphée et Eurydice (Dutch Touring Opera)
2. Lohengrin (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
3. Dialogues des Carmelites (National Opera)
4. Benvenuto Cellini (National Opera)
5. Der Rosenkavalier (The National Opera)

“The editors of Place de l’Opera congratulate the Dutch Touring Opera, the Symphony Orchestra, Consensus Vocalis, Floris Visser, his artistic team, conductor Roger Hamilton, the soloists Samuel Boden, Kristina Bitenc, Hanna Herfurtner and Bernadeta Astari and all others involved with the success of this production and the impressive way in which the presentation demonstrated the power of opera.”

At a later date the editors will hand over the award of Opera of the Year 2015 in person.

The full article can be found on Place de l’Opera‘s website here.

Bach – From Weimar to Leipzig – Broadcast this afternoon

This afternoon at 13.00 (14.00 French time) on France Musique will be broadcast a live recording from 20th September’s concert with Le Banquet Céleste at Le Festival d’Ambronay under Damien Guillon.  Great period orchestra, 4 singers only, taking all arias, recits and choruses.

The 4 Bach Cantatas:

BWV 4BWV 153BWV 156 & BWV 159

Please click the link below for the broadcast which will be available for a month, and for further information.

Live Broadcast tonight: Bach and Vivaldi with the Bayerischer Rundfunk

This evening, a fantastic programme with the excellent Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.  Some very atmospheric solo movements, funky Italian upbeat choruses and lush Bach arias and chorales – well worth a listen.  Live broadcast on BR Classic, 7pm UK time, 8pm German time.

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor: Giovanni Antonini
Soloists: Anna Prohaska, Katja Stuber, Sopranos; Marie-Claude Chappuis, Mezzosoprano; Samuel Boden, Tenor; Christian Immler, Bass

Antonio Vivaldi: “Dixit Dominus”, R 594; “Nisi Dominus”, Cum dederit, R 608;
Johann Sebastian Bach: “Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei”, BWV 179;
Antonio Vivaldi: “Gloria”, R 589;
Johann Sebastian Bach: “Erschallet, ihr Lieder”, BWV 172

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Live broadcast of Handel: Israel in Egypt

This evening, 8pm UK time on 22nd August, as part of the “Festival de La Chaise Dieu”, Handel’s Israel in Egypt will be broadcast live on Radio France Musique:

The lesser-performed and more doleful first part “The Ways of Zion do Mourn” will be performed as well as the more dramatic and descriptive 2nd and 3rd parts.
This is the last of three performances of the work here in France, with “Les Cris de Paris”, directed by Geoffrey Jourdain.