Masterpieces Performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra VII

Part 2 Tugan Sokhiev: Berlioz, Harold en Italie, symphony Op. 16

Born in Russia in 1977, Tugan Sokhiev is one of the world's premier conductors having collaborated with the leading opera houses and orchestras around the world. Sokhiev held dual posts as music director at France's Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Moscow's prestigious Bolshoi Theater but resigned from both in 2022. This decision was based on his desire to conduct his activities as an individual musician independent from war and disputes. This piece by Hector Berlioz, Harold en Italie, symphony Op. 16 is his symphony with a viola solo. In this performance, the solo is played by Ryo Sasaki, principal violist for the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Berlioz saw great possibilities for individual instruments to express human feelings. He believed that he could create the dramatic operatic atmosphere by composing heart-rendering monologues for instruments without relying on opera singers. Be mesmerized by the drama produced by the no-holds-barred collaboration of Sokhiev, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Ryo Sasaki.

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