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François-Xavier Roth, the well sought-after French conductor, is not only the general music director of the town of Cologne but also, since last season, the principal guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He will now celebrate his debut at the Musikverein Wien with the Wiener Symphoniker. There, he will contrast Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Symphony “Eroica” with Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie. There are actually numerous parallels with the Eroica and other symphonies by Beethoven which make Harold a most concise answer to Beethoven’s symphonic legacy. Still, the fundamentally different execution led the US-American musicologist Mark Evan Bonds to even calling Harold en Italie “Sinfonia anti-eroica”. With this work, Berlioz created another hybrid form combining symphony and concert. There are hardly any of those virtuoso passages otherwise characteristic of solo concertos, and, indeed, the viola and the orchestra hardly ever enter into dialogue. These will thus be perfect conditions for the multifaceted and expressive playing of the French violist Antoine Tamestit.


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Hector Berlioz
"Harold en Italie", Symphony in four parts with Viola Obbligato op. 16
"Harold en Italie", Symphony in four parts with Viola Obbligato op. 16
I. "Harold aux montagnes" ("Harold in the mountains")
II. "Marche de pèlerins" ("Procession of pilgrims")
III. "Sérénade"
IV. "Orgie de brigands" ("The brigand’s orgies")
Composer: ***
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 55 "Heroic"
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major op. 55 "Heroic"
1st movement: Allegro con brio
2nd movement: Marcia funebre. Adagio assai
3rd movement: Scherzo. Allegro vivace
4th movement: Finale. Allegro molto – Poco Andante – Presto



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