Berlioz’ ‘Harold in Italy’ with the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic

Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre

Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre

23rd March 2013. 7.30pm. Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre.

Conductor – Adrian Brown.

Asked to by Niccolo Paganini, Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) wrote ‘Harold in Italy’ in 1834. Berlioz wrote, “My intention was to write a series of orchestral scenes, in which the solo viola would be involved as a more or less active participant while retaining its own character. By placing it among the poetic memories formed from my wanderings in the Abruzzi, I wanted to make the viola a kind of melancholy dreamer in the manner of Byron’s Childe-Harold.”

Berlioz by Emile Signol, 1832

Berlioz by Emile Signol, 1832

Harold in Italy’ was premiered on 23 November 1834 with the Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, Chrétien Urhan playing the viola part, Narcisse Girard conducting. 

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown