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.

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, painting by JMW Turner

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by JMW Turner Photo: Tate Images / Tate Images

'Harold in Italy' is in four parts:

  • Adagio: Harold in the mountains. Scenes of melancholy, happiness and joy
  • Allegretto: March of the pilgrims singing the evening prayer
  •  Allegro Assai: Serenade of an Abruzzi Mountain Dweller to his mistress
  • Allegro Frenetico: Orgy of brigands. Memories of scenes past
Antoine Tamestit

Antoine Tamestit Photo: RNZ/David McCaw

Antoine Tamestit plays a Stradivarius viola.

Recorded 6 October 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack

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