BER­LIOZ: LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ & LA MORT DE CLÉOPÂTRE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - MICHAEL DERVAN

Karen Cargill (mezzo so­prano), Scot­tish CO/Robin Ticciati Linn Records CKD 421 How many times have you heard Ber­lioz’s pi­o­neer­ing or­ches­tral song-cy­cle Les nuits d’été sound­ing beau­ti­ful but less than en­gag­ing? Karen Cargill’s new per­for­mance has ex­pres­sive trac­tion through­out, from the up­beat prospects of the open­ing Vil­lanelle and into the darker worlds of Le spec­tre de la rose and Sur les la­gunes. She is equally fine in the ex­traor­di­nar­ily graphic dra­matic can­tata, La mort de Cléopâtre, a work whose orig­i­nal­ity never fails to as­ton­ish. Robin Ticciati de­liv­ers the or­ches­tral writ­ing with ex­quis­ite colour, al­though the Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra does rather lack depth of tone in the purely or­ches­tral Scène d’amour from Roméo et Juli­ette. url.ie/55bm

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