Lisa Berthaud (viola), Giovanni Radivo (violin), Orchestre National de Lyon, Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
Drawing on the adventures of Byron's Childe Harold and the composer's own Italian experiences as a Prix de Rome winner, Harold en Italie was intended for the great violinist Paganini who, having initially rejected the work, later repented, giving it his highest praise. The brilliant concert overtures Benvenuto Cellini and Le carnaval romain are among Berlioz's most popular works. Quickly taken up by several celebrated violinists of the time, the elegant Reverie et Caprice is his only work for solo violin and orchestra. Leonard Slatkin's acclaimed Lyon recording of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique can be heard on Naxos Blu-ray NBD0029.
Berlioz Harold en Italie, Le carnaval romain Op 9, Reverie et Caprice Op 8, Benvenuto Cellini Op 23 - Overture
Running Time: 1 hr 10 min