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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Boston Symphony Orchestra--May 6, 2011

Boston Symphony Orchestra 2010-2011 Season comes to a close with Charles Dutoit leading the orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and distinguished soloists in Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette.



Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette is a powerful "dramatic symphony" based on Shakespeare's love story, the 19th century edited version, which culminates in a dramatic reconciliation between the warring Montagues and Capulets.  Berlioz created a work in which the chorus plays a major role.  It is a masterpiece, a narrative with  an amalgam of singers, chorus, instruments and, first and foremost, orchestra.  The BSO was majestic.

Charles Dutoit................conductor
Bernarda Fink................mezzo-soprano
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt......tenor
Laurent Naouri...............baritone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus....John Oliver, conductor
John Ferrillo..................oboe
Jessica Zhou.................harp




Charles Dutoit, conductor, BSO, baritone Laurent Naouri and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus
(Stu Rosner/photo)


For David Weininger's review for the Boston Globe, click here:




With a standing ovation, the audience applauds John Oliver, the soloists, Charles Dutoit, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.




The audience, the orchestra and Charles Dutoit recognize percussionist Frank Epstein, who will retire after 43 years.



Love Scene 1--London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus--Sir Colin Davis, conductor; Patricia Kern, alto; Robert Tear, tenor; John Shirley-Quirk, bass; John Alldis Choir






Chad Smith on Charles Dutoit and Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette

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