About the album
Before winning the Prix de Rome in 1830 with the fairly scholastic cantata La mort de Sardanapale, Berlioz had already submitted attempts in the form of La mort d’Orphée (1827), Herminie (1828) and La mort de Cléopâtre (1829). Herminie was outstripped by the submission made by Ross-Despréaux and only came second. The cantata Herminie would survive, however, not least because Berlioz derived the idée fixe from his Symphonie Fantastique. The cantata, to a text by Pierre-Ange Vieillard, was inspired by Tasso’s ‘Gerusalemme liberata’, an epic set during the Crusades. And then, following the failures of Orphée and Herminie, came the third attempt. In that particular year, the jury decided not to award any first prize. It was only the next year that he succeeded in satisfying the jury, when he obediently followed the advice he had been given with the less colourful and much shorter cantata La mort de Sardanapale. Winning the Prix de Rome allowed the victor to spend two years in the Eternal City. Berlioz complained about all manner of things in Italy, from the demise of sacred music to the general ignorance of music in the country. All that I could produce for the Académie was confined to three or four pieces.’ One of these pieces was the song La captive, whose success he could not have predicted.
11Herminie, scène lyrique Récit: Quel trouble te poursuit
Composer: Hector Berlioz03:39
12Herminie, scène lyrique Air: Ah! Si de la tendresse
Composer: Hector Berlioz03:33
13Herminie, scène lyrique Récit: Que dis-je?
Composer: Hector Berlioz01:15
14Herminie, scène lyrique Air: Arrête! Arrête! Cher Tancrède
Composer: Hector Berlioz05:09
15Herminie, scène lyrique Air: Venez, venez, terribles armes!
Composer: Hector Berlioz01:54
16Herminie, scène lyrique Prière: Dieu des chrétiens
Composer: Hector Berlioz05:35
17La captive, Op. 12
Composer: Hector Berlioz07:27
18La mort de cléopâtre Allegro vivace con impeto – Récit. C’en est donc fait!
Composer: Hector Berlioz03:16
19La mort de cléopâtre Lento cantabile. Ah! qu’ils sont loin ces jours, tourment de ma mémoire
Composer: Hector Berlioz06:07
110La mort de cléopâtre Méditation. Largo misterioso. Grands Pharaons, nobles Lagides
Composer: Hector Berlioz03:57
111La mort de cléopâtre Allegro assai agitato. Non!... non, de vos demeures funèbres
Composer: Hector Berlioz06:42
The release from the new album of Lisa Larsson is on May 8th. On this album ‘La Captive’ she sings works form Hector Berlioz and is assisted by Het Gelderse Orkest. It is the first time that Lisa Larsson sings in French on an album. Because of this new album Lisa Larsson and Het Gelderse Orkest will give 4 shows in The Netherlands where she will perform works from this album, ...