Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Christopher Moore viola
Berlioz Harold in Italy
About this performance
The prose of Lord Byron provides the artistic inspiration behind this large-scale symphonic poem by Berlioz, in which MSO Principal Viola Christopher Moore assumes the instrumental role of Harold, a character who wanders through a tableau of Berlioz’s creation.
After the success of his startling Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz was approached by the virtuoso violinist Paganini. Having recently acquired a Stradivarius viola, Paganini was looking for repertoire for the instrument. Harold in Italy was the result – a symphonic poem inspired by Lord Byron’s Childe Harold and Berlioz’s own travels in Italy.
Duration: approx. 50 minutes, no interval