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Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Berlioz
Thursday 13 August 2015

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

Peter Eyre Narrator

National Youth Choir of Scotland
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Michael Spyres Tenor
Laurent Naouri Bass

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Berlioz Lélio

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most revered British figures in the world of historical performance, shining fresh new light on well-loved classics in performances that return them to the sounds and musical approaches that their composers originally intended.

He brings his period-instrument Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, celebrated for its authentic accounts of 19th-century music, to the Festival for two phantasmagorical works by Berlioz on Romantic passion and spurned love, joined by American tenor Michael Spyres, French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri and the much-lauded National Youth Choir of Scotland.

The kaleidoscopic Symphonie fantastique tells an opium-fuelled (and autobiographical) story of love, obsession and horror, while in its sequel, the visionary Lélio, the composer returns to life through the power of art.

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  • Language: 
    Sung in French and Italian with English surtitles
  • Running time: 
    2 hours and 15 minutes approximately

Supported by

Dunard Fund



Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor

Peter Eyre Narrator

National Youth Choir of Scotland
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Michael Spyres Tenor
Laurent Naouri Bass

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Berlioz Lélio


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Symphonie Fantastique | Scotsman review

August 17th 2015

You couldn’t have asked for more – a thoroughly entertaining, provocative evening ★★★★★

Read the full review here (WOW247)

Review by: 

David Kettle
The Scotsman

Photo: Julien Jourdes

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

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Grand circle: £44 £36 £18
Stalls: £44 £36 £27
Upper circle: £25 £18 £12
Organ gallery: £12

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Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off
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