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 funèbre 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 première, 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
Chausson: Poeme De L'amour Et De La Mer; Berlioz: Nuits D'ete; Duparc: Songs
Release Date: 08/14/2015   Label: Ondine  
Catalog: 1261   Number of Discs: 1
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Royal Mezzo - Barber: Andromache's Farewell;  Britten: Phaedra;  Ravel, Berlioz / Kalmar, Et Al
Release Date: 06/10/2008   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 104   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Nezet-Seguin, Antonacci
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1800   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Ticciati, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 400   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Les Nuits D Ete  / Cargill, Ticciati, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Linn Records  
Catalog: 421   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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  • 101.
    The Columbia Golden Years - Symphonies / Karajan
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 304 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 102.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Colin Davis, Concertgebouw
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000701202 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Munch, Boston So
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 67899 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique... / Menuhin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62486 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 105.
    Great Conductors Of The Past - Pierre Monteux
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90661 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Robert Schumann
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Norrington, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93103 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Munch - Charles Munch Conducts The Boston Symphony
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4317 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz,  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Berlioz, Tchaikovsky / Rozhdestvensky, Leningrad Po
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4163 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 266 Release Date: 10/26/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Rolando Panerai,  Sena Jurinac,  Bruna Ronchini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Chorus Milan,  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 110.
    Classic Library - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60859 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Chorus
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  • 111.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique;  Debussy, Et Al / Walter
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 257 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Claude Debussy
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 112.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Les Nuits D'ete / Horne, Munch, Hetu, Et Al
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4273 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Hétu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Herminie / Minkowski, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474209 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Aurélia Legay
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre members
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  • 114.
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6503 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
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  • 115.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Skrowaczewski, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 319 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Original Masters - Leopold Stokowski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000150902 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  William Byrd,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Howard Snell,  David Gray,  Alan Civil
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 117.
    Berlioz - Edition Du Bicentenaire / Colin Davis, London So
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 46 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Tabea Zimmermann,  Daniela Barcellona,  Kenneth Tarver,  Orlin Anastassov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 118.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Gergiev, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 475095 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Olga Borodina
    Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Mariss Jansons, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85041 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Romeo Et Juliette / Munch, BSO
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 34168 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Rosalind Elias,  Pablo Valetti,  Giorgio Tozzi
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus
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  • 121.
    Bruno Walter - The Maestro The Man
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4235 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vancouver International Festival Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Eschenbach, Paris
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4935 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Roland Daugareil
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
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  • 123.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Roman Carnival / Kempe
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1272 Release Date: 12/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Flash-back Music Collection - Pierre Monteux
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3037 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Olivier Messiaen,  Jacques Ibert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 125.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc /Cluytens, Ortf National
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1234 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Theater Opera Orchestra of Paris,  ORTF National Orchestra
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Hector Berlioz


WORKS
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1989 Remastered Version): I. Rêveries - Passions
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1989 Remastered Version): II. Un bal
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1989 Remastered Version): III. Scène aux champs
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1989 Remastered Version): IV. Marche au supplice
Symphonie fantastique Op. 14 (1989 Remastered Version): V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat
Grande Messe des morts: i. Requiem et Kyrie
Grande Messe des morts: ii. Dies irae
Grande Messe des morts: iii. Quid sum miser
Grande Messe des morts: iv. Rex tremendae
Grande Messe des morts: v. Quaerens me
Grande Messe des morts: vi. Lacrymosa
Grande Messe des morts: vii. Offertoire (Domine Jesu Christe)
Grande Messe des morts: viii. Hostias
Grande Messe des morts: ix. Sanctus
Grande Messe des morts: x. Agnus Dei
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 1a. Harold aux montagnes (Adagio)
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 1b. Harold aux montagnes (Allegro)
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 2. Marche des Pèlerins (Allegretto)
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 3. Sérénade (Allegro assai - Allegretto)
Berlioz: Harold en Italie, Op.16 - 4. Orgie de brigands (Allegro frenetico - Adagio - Allegro, Tempo I)
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Villanelle
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Le spectre de la rose
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Sur les lagunes
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Absence
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: Au cimetière
Les Nuits d'été Op. 7: L'île inconnue
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Le vieil hiver
Les bergers laissent
Mais d'un éclat guerrier
March hongroise: (Rákóczy March)
Sans regrets j'ai quitté
Christ vient de ressusciter! (Chant de la fête de Pâques)
Hélas! doux chants du ciel
O pure émotion!
A boire encor!
Oh! qui'il fait bon
Certain rat (Chanson de Brander)
Amen. Amen
Vrai Dieu, messieurs
Une puce gentille (Chanson de Méphistophélés)
Assez! fuyons ces lieux
Voici des roses
Dors, heureux Faust, dors!
Ballet of the Sylphs
Margarita!
Villes entourées
La retraite
Merci, doux crépuscule!
Je l'entends!
Que l'air est étouffant!
Autrefois un roi de Thulé (The King of Thule)
Esprit des flammes
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Menuet des follets
Maintenant
Grands dieux!
Allons, il est trop tard!
D'amour l'ardente flamme (Romance de Marguerite)
Au son des trompettes
Nature immense (Invocation à la Nature)
A la voûte azurée
Dans mon coeur retentit (La course à l'abîme)
Has! Irimiru Karabrao!
Alors l'enfer se tut
Laus! Hosanna!
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part I: Dans la crèche
Part I: Qui vient?
Part I: Toujours ce rêve!
Part I: Seigneur!
Part I: Les sages de Judée
Part I: La voix dit vrai, seigneur
Part I: Eh bien!
Part I: O mon cher fils
Part I: Joseph! Marie!
Overture
Part II: Il s'en va loin de la terre (L'adieu des bergers à la Sainte Famille)
Part II: Les Pèlerins étant venus
Part III: Depuis trois jours
Part III: Dans cette ville immense
Part III: Entrez, entrez, pauvres hébreux
Part III: Sur vos traits fatigués
L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25: Part III: Trio pour deux flûtes et harpe
Part III: Vous pleurez, jeune mère
Part III: Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle