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Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue number900220
Release date2024-04-19


The BR-KLASSIK label is now taking the 75th anniversary of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) in 2024 as an opportunity to make previously unreleased recordings of concerts that are worth listening to available on CD and as a stream for the first time. – Hector Berlioz's passionate "Symphonie fantastique", the almost revolutionary symphonic masterpiece by the great French composer, was performed by Colin Davis with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig on January 15 and 16, 1987.

In his "Symphonie fantastique", subtitled "Episodes from the Life of an Artist", Berlioz combines the structures of the musical symphony with the form of a five-part classical drama. With the help of a leitmotif (an "idée fixe"), he tells the listener about the beloved woman of his dreams. The "Symphonie fantastique" thus paved the way for the symphonic poems of the Romantic period as well as the leitmotif method in Wagner's music dramas.

"I am still unknown," wrote Berlioz in June 1829 at the age of 25 – but he was certain that he could achieve resounding success with the idea of a major instrumental work. With his "Symphonie fantastique", he created a new kind of programme music. Berlioz was inspired by the works of Goethe and by Beethoven's symphonic music – and also the fascination he felt for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, whom he saw play Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Odéon Theatre in Paris on September 11, 1827. The "Idée fixe", the main theme, refers to the artist going through his life story in various inner states of mind.

The starting point of the first movement is an unhappy love affair. The music presses ahead passionately and captivatingly towards its finale.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra:

● Berlioz's passionate "Symphonie fantastique" in a performance that sets a new standard for the work

● A recording of the performances of January 15 and 16, 1987 from Munich’s Philharmonie im Gasteig

● The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Colin Davis, an acknowledged expert on Berlioz's music
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Hector Berlioz
  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, 900220 52:16
01 I. Rêveries – Passions 15:54 $ 4.29 USD
  Composer: Hector Berlioz
  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
02 I. Un bal. Valse 06:42 $ 1.81 USD
  Composer: Hector Berlioz
  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14, 900220 52:16
03 III. Scene aux champs 18:58 $ 5.12 USD
04 IV. Marche au supplice 07:02 $ 1.90 USD
05 V. Songe d’une nuit du Sabbat 10:22 $ 2.80 USD
  Album total 58:58
OrchestraBavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
ConductorSir Colin Davis
ComposerHector Berlioz

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