Harmonia Mundi Records has announced the release of German violist Tabea Zimmermann's new album: Berlioz: Harold en Italie & Les Nuits d'été.
Recorded with conductor François-Xavier Roth, baritone Stéphane Degout and the Les Siècles Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc features Hector Berlioz's Harold en Italie Op. 16 for solo viola and orchestra - and the Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7 song cycle.
"When this opportunity came to me it was very easy to say 'yes' ..." Tabea has told The Violin Channel.
"There are no greater interpreters of Berlioz's works, in my opinion, than Conductor Francois-Xavier Roth and the magnificent les Siècles ... their synergy is less power driven and pure music making ..." the former Geneva, Budapest and Maurice Vieux International Violin Competitions 1st prize winner has said.
"My hope is listeners will gain a new insight into the orchestration and imagination of Berlioz through the sound world of the orchestra's authentic instruments ... this project was so much fun ... and all on gut strings."
BErlioz: Harold en Italie & Les Nuits d'été
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola
François-Xavier Roth, Conductor
Les Siècles, Orchestra
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: January 19, 2019