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Berlioz on MusicSelected Criticism 1824-1837$
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Katherine Kolb

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199391950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.001.0001

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Music Review

Music Review

Opéra: William Tell; Opéra-Comique: Zémire et Azor (Reprise); Concerts

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(p.112) 20 Music Review
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Berlioz on Music
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Katherine Kolb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391950.003.0021

One month before beginning his tenure at the prominent Journal des débats, where he will have to be more cautious about speaking his mind, Berlioz decries the slacking off in repertoire and performance standards at the Opéra, where dance spectacles are given primacy, while negligently staged masterpieces such as the second act of Rossini’s William Tell fill out the bill. For once the Opéra-Comique deserves praise, both for reviving an opéra-comique by Grétry, which Berlioz holds dear, and for giving an instrumental concert, or what the manager imagines to be such a concert—it’s a step in the right direction. Meanwhile, a festival in Vienna has just given a Handel oratorio with over eight hundred performers, which puts in the shade the musical events of Paris.

Keywords:   Rossini William Tell, performance standards, Opéra, dance spectacles, Spontini Fernand Cortez, Spontini La Vestale, Véron Opéra director, Grétry Zémire et Azore, Ponchard, music festivals, Panofka, Handelin Vienna

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