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"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 of 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.
Works on This Recording
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz
Michael Tilson Thomas
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1830; France
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