Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique XRCD24
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The Symphonie fantastique was Berlioz's first great work and it remains his
best known. With its first performance at the Paris Conservatoire on 5th
December 1830 he sprang into the forefront of Romantic music, recognizable at
once as a composer of powerful imagination whose ideas were new and intense
enough to make the era of Beethoven and Napoleon recede rapidly into the past.
Like Monteverdi's Orfeo or Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps it was both novel and
masterly; it took a formidable stride forward and is at the same time an
enduring work of art, not a mere experiment.
Berlioz's inspiration was to cast a succession of passionate personal
experiences in the form of a Beethoven symphony. Beethoven had shown how a
symphony could be by turns personal, dramatic or descriptive; Berlioz made his
first symphony all three, with a 'programme' describing the succession of
fantasies which give the work its title. It has a subtitle also, 'Episode in the
Life of an Artist', for it is autobiography under the thinnest of veils. Few
composers have poured their own lives so generously into their music as Berlioz,
and in addition he recounted in his Memoires the ardent life he led as a young
and struggling composer; Berlioz's personality comes as vividly to life in his
music as in his prose, which should be essential reading for all those who are
drawn to the world of the Symphonie fantastique.
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Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Orchestre National de France
|Hector Berlioz (1803 - 1869)|
|Symphonie Fantastique Op. 14|
1. Reveries - Passions
2. Un Bal
3. Scene aux champs
4. Marche au supplice
5. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat