Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette; Les Nuits d'été - Janet Baker (soprano); Jessye Norman (soprano); John Aler (tenor); Simon Estes (bass); Westminster Choir (choir, chorus)
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  1. Roméo et Juliette, for alto, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra ("symphonie dramatique"), H.79 (Op. 17)
  2. Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7)
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Berlioz's symphonie dramatique Roméo et Juliette contains some of the composer's most immediately appealing music, but it's rarely performed, perhaps because its form is so eccentric. Berlioz was fond of creating works that blurred or intermingled conventional genres and Roméo is a classic example: described as a symphony, but having a distinct, familiar narrative trajectory, using soloists and chorus, and giving a prominent role to vocal and choral recitative. It's familiar largely through its purely instrumental sections, ...

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette; Les Nuits d'été 1998, EMI

UPC: 724357264020