Hector Berlioz

Biography

Born: 1803   Died: 1869   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Berlioz, the passionate, ardent, irrepressible genius of French Romanticism, left a rich and original oeuvre which exerted a profound influence on nineteenth century music. Berlioz developed a profound affinity toward music and literature as a child. Sent to Paris at 17 to study medicine, he was enchanted by Gluck's operas, firmly deciding to become a composer. With his father's reluctant consent, Berlioz entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1826. Read more His originality was already apparent and disconcerting -- a competition cantata, Cléopâtre (1829), looms as his first sustained masterpiece -- and he won the Prix de Rome in 1830 amid the turmoil of the July Revolution. Meanwhile, a performance of Hamlet in September 1827, with Harriet Smithson as Ophelia, provoked an overwhelming but unrequited passion, whose aftermath may be heard in the Symphonie fantastique (1830).

Returning from Rome, Berlioz organized a concert in 1832, featuring his symphony. Harriet Smithson was in the audience. They were introduced days later and married on October 3, 1833.

Berlioz settled into a career pattern which he maintained for more than a decade, writing reviews, organizing concerts, and composing a series of visionary masterpieces: Harold en Italie (1834), the monumental Requiem (1837), and an opera, Benvenuto Cellini (1838), a crushing fiasco. At year's end, the dying Paganini made Berlioz a gift of 20,000 francs, enabling him to devote nearly a year to the composition of his "dramatic symphony," Roméo et Juliette (1839). And then, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the July Revolution, came the Symphonie funčbre et triomphale (1840).

Iridescently scored, an exquisite collection of six Gautier settings, Les nuits d'été, opened the new decade. This was a difficult time for Berlioz, as his marriage failed to bring him the happiness he desired. Concert tours to Brussels, many German cities, Vienna, Pesth, Prague, and London occupied him through most of the 1840s. He composed La Damnation de Faust, en route, offering the new work to a half-empty house in Paris, December 6, 1846. Expenses were catastrophic, and only a successful concert tour to St. Petersburg saved him.

He sat out the revolutionary upheavals of 1848 in London, returning to Paris in July. The massive Te Deum -- a "little brother" to the Requiem -- was largely composed over 1849, though it would not be heard until 1855. L'Enfance du Christ, scored an immediate and enduring success from its first performance on December 10, 1854. Elected to the Institut de France in 1855, he started receiving a members' stipend, and this provided him with a modicum of financial security. Consequently, Berlioz was able to devote himself to the summa of his career, his vast opera, Les Troyens, based on Virgil's Aeneid, the Roman poet's unfinished epic masterpiece. The opera was completed in 1858. As he negotiated for its performance, he composed a comique adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which met with a rapturous Baden premičre, on August 9, 1862. Unfortunately, only the third, fourth, and fifth acts of Les Troyens were mounted by the Théatre-Lyrique, a successful premiere, on November 4, 1863, and a run of 21 performances notwithstanding. This lopsided production stemmed from a compromise (bitterly regretted by the composer) that Berlioz had made with the Théâtre-Lyrique.

Though frail and ailing, Berlioz conducted his works in Vienna and Cologne in 1866, traveling to St. Petersburg and Moscow in the winter of 1867-1868. Despondent and tortured by self-doubt, the composer received a triumphant welcome in Russia. Back in Paris in March 1868, he was but a walking shadow as paralysis slowly overcame him. Read less
Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette / Gergiev, London Symphony
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 762   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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  • 1.
    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: RCO16006 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [Blu-ray]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: RCO16108 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Gatti, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra [DVD]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: RCO16109 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Symphonies & Symphonic Poems / Mehta
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002488802 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Sidney Harth,  Maureen Forrester,  Daniel Benyamini,  Christa Ludwig  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Europakonzert: 25 DVD Anniversary Box (1991-2015) / Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26098 Release Date: 04/29/2016  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Violeta Urmana,  Elke Wilm Schulte  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Pierre Boulez,  Gustavo Dudamel,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
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    Claudio Abbado: The Last Concert [2 CD + 1 Pure Audio Blu-ray]
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 160081 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Stella Doufexis,  Deborah York
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Womens' Choir
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    Decca Sound – Dutoit: The Montreal Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002449102 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ernest Chausson,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Timothy Hutchins,  Beverly Hoch,  Stanford Olsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fanstastique; Schubert: Impromptu; Chopin: Fantaisie
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1448 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Haitink, Concertgebouw Orchestra [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109167 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Haitink, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109166 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Hamburger Bläserkreis für Alte Musik  ... 
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    Cultural Death: Music Under Tyranny
    Label: Arbiter   Catalog: 162 Release Date: 10/16/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Alfred Hoehn
    Conductor:  Oswald Kabasta,  Reinhold Merten,  Oskar Fried
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    The Late Years - Erato and HMV Recordings, 1968-75 / Martinon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552547 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Albert Roussel,  Aram Khachaturian,  Gabriel Pierné,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Lily Laskine,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Lelio / Depardieu, Muti, Chicago Symphony
    Label: Cso Resound   Catalog: 9011501 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Kyle [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Ketelsen,  Mario Zeffiri,  Gérard Depardieu
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
    Label: Lodia Music   Catalog: 777 Release Date: 09/08/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Carlos Paďta
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    Fantastique / Bostock, Argovia Philharmonic
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91508 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Douglas Bostock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Argovia Philharmonic
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  • 19.
    Mariss Jansons Live: The Radio Recordings, 1990-2014 [13-CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 15002 Release Date: 06/30/2015   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Louis Andriessen,  Hector Berlioz,  Anton Bruckner,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitri Sitkovetsky,  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Leo van Doeselaar  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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  • 21.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Ozawa, Boston Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186211 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
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  • 23.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Harold En Italie; Romeo Et Juliette; La Mort De Cleopatre
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 121195 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  William Lincer,  Jennie Tourel
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Yves Rechsteiner
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1416 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Yves Rechsteiner
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  • 25.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301333 Release Date: 11/24/2014   Number of Discs: 67
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Dönch,  Isabel Strauss,  Walter Berry,  Fritz Uhl  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Anton Webern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Camerata Singers,  Schola Cantorum New York  ... 
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