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Festival highlights

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The attendance of the famous English maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner for 2 exceptional concerts with his 2 long-standing ensembles (English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique) :

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 29th
9pm – SAINT-ANTOINE-L'ABBAYE, ABBEY
CANTATES - BACH

As much a specialist in Bach as an enthusiast in Berlioz (or is it the other way around?), John Eliot Gardiner gives us an insight into the mystery of his double passion at the majestic abbey in Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye built in the woods between the 12th and 15th century. An experience with Bach in the land of Berlioz in the company of his long-standing ensemble, the English Baroque Soloists, founded in 1978, and the Monteverdi Choir which, since 1964, has been elevating every repertoire from baroque to romantic, from Monteverdi and Berlioz to Rameau and Bach…

FRIDAY AUGUST 31st
9pm - LA CÔTE-SAINT-ANDRÉ, CHÂTEAU LOUIS XI
SACRED LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH

Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes us south of the border. Lord Byron did it before him taking us on a tour of Italy - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage inspired Berlioz's Harold in Italy - and passing away in Missolonghi, for Greece and its Revolution - that inspired Berlioz with another cantata called Scène Héroïque Greek Revolution.

Sir John Eliot Gardiner © Chris Christodoulou

François-Xavier Roth © Festival Berlioz


Two other highlights based on Berlioz's work come under the leadership of the Berliozesque conductor François-Xavier Roth :

TUESDAY AUGUST 21st
9pm - LA CÔTE-SAINT-ANDRÉ, CHÂTEAU LOUIS XI
REQUIEM - BERLIOZ

The one-off performance of the Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem) on period instruments by an orchestra of over 200 musicians. The project was awarded to the maestro François-Xavier Roth, a huge Berlioz fan and loyal to La Côte-Saint-André, who set himself the incredible challenge of performing it on period instruments with the Hector Berlioz European Youth Orchestra, the festival academy orchestra bringing together talented young musicians from all over Europe, and the Spirito choir and Youth Symphonic Choir by Nicole Corti.

THURSDAY AUGUST 30th
9pm - LA CÔTE-SAINT-ANDRÉ, CHÂTEAU LOUIS XI
LE TEMPLE UNIVERSEL

The world's first concert of "Le Temple Universel", an ode to a unified Europe which Berlioz wanted to be performed in French and English, something that couldn't happen in his lifetime but can happen at this year's Festival! Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 will be performed for an evening based on universal fraternity (NB: this performance from the Berlioz Festival will reappear at the Philharmonie de Paris next year).

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