Berlioz Roméo et Juliette 2016

Berlioz Roméo et Juliette

Monteverdi Choir
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
National Youth Choir of Scotland
John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

Julie Boulianne
Jean-Paul Fouchecourt
Laurent Naouri

30 July BBC Proms
21 August Festival Berlioz

The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique continued their commitment in 2016 to Berlioz with performances of his third symphony, Roméo et Juliette at the BBC Proms and Festival Berlioz. Inspired by a performance of Shakespeare’s play, Berlioz takes an innovative approach in this work, using orchestral forces to express the sublime nature of Roméo and Juliette’s love, while the choral forces play a narrative role, building towards the reconciliation scene of the finale.

‘At this performance every note mattered’
Financial Times ★★★★★

‘This was a meticulously authentic but never pedantic interpretation, notable for the wonderfully delicate playing of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, particularly sensitive in the gently palpitating tenderness of the love scenes.’
Daily Telegraph ★★★★

‘John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique offered a superbly cogent interpretation that emphasised the work’s tragic elements’
The Guardian ★★★