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Hector Berlioz

September 10, 2012

Roman Carnival Overture

No doubt about it: opening night of Hector Berlioz's opera Benvenuto Cellini was a spectacular disaster. Berlioz sarcastically wrote that the audience "hissed with admirable energy and unanimity." Part of the problem was the conductor, who ignored Berlioz's directions. The composer reworked the overture, renamed it and led the re-premiere himself. This time, Berlioz sent a note to the first conductor: "THAT is how the music goes." We'll hear the Roman Carnival Overture the way Berlioz intended it, on Monday's Performance Today.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Hector Berlioz
    Rakoczy March, from the Damnation of Faust
    The New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor
  • Hector Berlioz
    Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Francois C. de Blamont
    Les Fetes Grecques et Romaines (Greek and Roman Festivals)
    Les Ombres
    Capucine Church, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Mauro Giuliani
    Grand Overture
    Chaconne Klaverenga, guitar
    Legacy Hall, Columbus, Georgia
  • Franz Schubert
    Gretchen am Spinnrade (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel), Op. 2, D. 119
    Yuja Wang, piano
    Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Franz Schubert
    Auf dem Wasser zu singen (Singing on the Water), D. 774
    Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone, Llyr Williams, piano
    Verbier Festival and Academy, Verbier, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Antonin Dvorak
    Humoresque No. 1 in E-flat Minor, Op. 101, B. 187, and Humoresque No. 2 in B, Op. 101, B. 187
    Radoslav Kvapil, piano
  • Johann Christian Bach
    Sinfonia in B-flat , Op. 18, No. 2 (Overture to Lucio Silla)
    The San Francisco Symphony, Alexander Barantschik, violin and leader
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Bohuslav Martinu
    Variations on a Slovak Folksong
    Matt Haimovitz, cello, Christopher O'Riley, piano
    Redpath Hall, Montreal, Quebec
  • Antonin Dvorak
    Serenade in D Minor, Op. 44, B.77
    The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, John Finucane, conductor
    National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland
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