"I feel, therefore I am." For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic Movement, those were more than words; they were a song of the heart. But with the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique Berlioz almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an “episode in the life of an artist,” that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. This symphony encapsulates the inner drama – and trauma – that made Berlioz one ofRead more the masters.
Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink and beyond in this program from Keeping Score.
Full-length concert performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique by the San Francisco Symphony in high-definition 16:9 widescreen and 5.1 surround sound. Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14by Hector Berlioz
Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1830; France
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MTT May 18, 2012By Luke Bryant (Oakleigh South, Victoria)See All My Reviews"Keeping Score-Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique. Wonderful music introduced with great skill by the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson-Thomas. MTT explains much detail, all you may want to know, about this greatly expressive musical work, most of it from the composers actual home location. MTT's introduction is followed by a full performance brilliantly played by one of the USA's greatest Orchestras in Davies Hall, San Francisco. The camera work is brilliant and further, in the more recent "Keeping Score" releases, up to 11 cameras are used with unfailing accuracy as they home in on individual orchestral players at "their moment". I now own the complete 7 DVD's of this remarkable undertaking. If you are a serious music lover, a teacher, a young or older music lover, a person with a classical music interest, then please, put this complete set of 7 DVD's on your shopping list now! I look forward to any continuation of this very worthy project. Luke Bryant - Australia. "Report Abuse