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Compact Discoveries 151: Famous Lovers: Romeo & Juliet

From: Fred Flaxman
Series: Compact Discoveries
Length: 59:00

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Music by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Prokofiev inspired by Shakespeare's drama. Read the full description.

Cdslogo2inch_small In this first of two programs devoted to "Famous Lovers" in classical music, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents the love scene from Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, both performed by the Oregon Symphony conducted by James DePreist, and two pieces from Prokofiev's three Romeo and Juliet suites performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavo Järvi.

Because its theme is "Famous Lovers," this is a program that can be used on or around Valentine's Day, but as no mention is made of Valentine's Day, it can be used at any time of the year. 

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In this first of two programs devoted to "Famous Lovers" in classical music, producer/guide Fred Flaxman presents the love scene from Berlioz's Romeo et Juliette and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, both performed by the Oregon Symphony conducted by James DePreist, and two pieces from Prokofiev's three Romeo and Juliet suites performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavo Järvi.

Because its theme is "Famous Lovers," this is a program that can be used on or around Valentine's Day, but as no mention is made of Valentine's Day, it can be used at any time of the year. 

Transcript

Program 151
"Famous Lovers: Romeo & Juliet"

MUSIC: Tchaikovsky: theme from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture performed by the Oregon Symphony conducted by James DePreist [Delos DE 3369, track 3] [under the following]

To me, this is one of the most beautiful, one of the most romantic, one of the most emotional themes ever written by any composer. It is from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture. And it reflects the tragic emotions of arguably the most famous love story ever written: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman, and I’m going to devote the next hour to three pieces inspired by Shakespeare’s tale: those by Berlioz, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. This is the first of two hours I’m dedicating to famous lovers. The second hour will feature music from Tristan and Isolde by Wagner, Orpheus and Euridyces by...
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