Berlioz: Harold en Italie

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Berlioz: Harold en Italie



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1st July 2013




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Berlioz: Harold en Italie


Harold en Italie, Op. 16

transcr. Liszt


Romance oubliée, for viola/cello/violin & piano, S. 132

Roger, K:

Viola Sonata, Op. 37

World Première Recording

Philip Dukes (viola) & Piers Lane (piano)



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Hector Berlioz’s Harold en Italie draws both on Byron’s Childe Harold and the composer’s own experiences in Italy as winner of the Prix de Rome. Franz Liszt’s rarely heard transcription admirably encapsulates this work’s narrative dramas and landscapes, while his meditative Romance oubliée derives from an earlier song, Oh pourquoi donc. Austrian born Kurt Roger studied with Schoenberg, retaining his teacher’s contrapuntal tendencies while rejecting serial techniques for the lyricism which can be found in his Viola Sonata. Further chamber music by Kurt Roger can be heard on Naxos 8572238.

Franz Liszt: Berlioz - Harold en Italie, S472/R138

I. Harold aux montagnes

II. Marche de pelerins

III. Serenade

IV. Orgie de brigands

Franz Liszt: Romance oubliee, S132/R467a

Romance oubliee, S132/R467a

Kurt Roger: Viola Sonata, Op. 37, "Irish Sonata"

I. Allegro energico

II. Andante molto espressivo

III. Allegro con spirito

MusicWeb International

19th September 2013

“buy this CD especially for the Roger Sonata, and also for the original version of Liszt’s Romance. You’ll also get a superb performance of the somewhat problematic Berlioz transcription as well.”

BBC Music Magazine

December 2013


“The Berlioz is a tour de force of both arrangement and execution, but I do miss the orchestral colours, especially the string-wind interplay. The Roger Sonata is tense, dense and unmemorable.”

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