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Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été was published in 1841 and this week’s download is the second movement from the piece, ‘Le spectre de la rose’.

Mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under conductor Robin Ticciati.

The text is spoken by the rose, who addresses the girl who wore it at the previous night’s ball. The rose has died and gone to paradise and sings: ‘My destiny was worthy of envy;/ And for such a beautiful fate,/ Many would have given their lives –/ For my tomb is on your breast.’

The recording, on the Linn label, was given five stars in a recent issue of BBC Music Magazine and our critic Michael Scott Rohan said: ‘Just about everyone, myself included, welcomed Robin Ticciati and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s first recording in their Berlioz series, Symphonie fantastique, particularly for its smaller-scale approach, keenly focused and not Romantically sprawling, so recalling Berlioz’s Classical influences. This is also true of their second disc…

‘Scottish star mezzo-soprano Karen  Cargill, in fact, has a remarkably beautiful voice, full of sunny delicacy and warmth but also capable of Wagnerian dramatics.’

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