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
Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ, Les Nuits D'été / Munch, Reiner
Release Date: 12/26/2007   Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal  
Catalog: 61234   Number of Discs: 2
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Berlioz: L'enfance Du Christ, Etc / Graham, Dutoit, Et Al
Release Date: 11/14/2000   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 458915   Number of Discs: 2
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Bernstein In Paris - Berlioz: Reqiuem
Release Date: 03/28/2006   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 1354   Number of Discs: 1
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Berlioz: Les Troyens / Dutoit, Lakes, Pollet, Voigt, Et Al
Release Date: 10/03/1994   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 443693   Number of Discs: 4
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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Davis, Gedda, Eda-pierre
Release Date: 04/08/2003   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 416955   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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  • 51.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Nezet-Seguin, Antonacci
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1800 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Anna Caterina Antonacci
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; La Marseillaise
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 78707 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 53.
    Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique; Beethoven, Strauss / Maazel, Anda, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 821102 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Géza Anda
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Europakonzert 2001 At Istanbul / Pahud, Jansons
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051448 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Hector Berlioz
    Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Ernest Ansermet Conducts Berlioz & Liszt & Wagner
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3143 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Liszt,  Richard Wagner
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
    Label: Classic Records   Catalog: 2022 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
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  • 57.
    Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg - 50 Years
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469202 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire,  Alfred Brendel,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Claudio Abbado,  Sir Georg Solti,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Seiji Ozawa - Anniversary [11-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001464002 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Trevor Pinnock,  Everett Firth,  Simon Preston,  Kathleen Battle  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Markevitch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459015 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Francois-xavier Roth,  Les Siecles
    Label: Actes Sud   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Siècles
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  • 61.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Norrington
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 28579 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
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  • 62.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Romeo Et Juliet
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3112 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Spoken Word
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
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  • 63.
    Label: Classic Records   Catalog: 2022 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
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  • 64.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Janowski, Pittsburgh Symphony
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186338 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Debussy: La Mer / Monteux
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 37321 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Salonen, Philharmonia
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 193 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Pierre Monteux Edition Vol 2 - Berlioz / San Francisco
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61894 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantasique / Immerseel, Anima Eterna
    Label: Zig Zag   Catalog: 100101 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Jos van Immerseel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anima Eterna Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Overtures / Mackerras, Simonov
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1064 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir Alexander Gibson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Rameau: Les Boreades Suite / Rattle
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057558 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    19th Century Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98317 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Paul Dukas,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  Michel Plasson,  Eugene Ormandy,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Keeping Score - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 22 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Keeping Score - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique [Blu-ray]
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 60023 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341002 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Hubert Giesen,  Helmut Walcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Daniele Callegari,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Richter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan,  Verdi Chorus Milan  ... 
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