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Berlioz - Waverley overture



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In 1826, aged just 23, Berlioz began attending the Conservatoire to study composition under Jean-François Le Sueur and Anton Reicha. He also submitted a fugue to the Prix de Rome, but was eliminated in the primary round. Winning the prize would become an obsession until he finally won it in 1830, submitting a new cantata every year until he succeeded at his fourth attempt. The reason for this interest in the prize was not just academic recognition. The prize included a five-year pension – much needed income for the struggling composer.

Simultaneous with Berlioz's discovery of Shakespeare was his immersion in the texts of true Romanticism. These included the works of Thomas Moore, Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron. In 1827 he composed the Waverley overture after Walter Scott's Waverley novels.

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Berlioz: Waverley, Boult & LPO (1956)

Louis Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Waverley: Grand Overture, Op. 1

Sir Adrian Cedric Boult (1886-1979), Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Rec. 28-29 August 1956, at Walthamstow Assembly Hall, in London



録音:1956年8月28~29日 ウォルサムストウ・アッセンブリー・ホール (ロンドン)

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans