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Work: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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EdinburghSymphonie fantastique

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Holmès, Mendelssohn, Berlioz
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Noa Wildschut

GlasgowSymphonie fantastique

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Holmès, Mendelssohn, Berlioz
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Fabien Gabel; Noa Wildschut

New York CityThe MET Orchestra & Joyce DiDonato

Carnegie Hall Corporation
Berlioz
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Joyce DiDonato

MadridConcierto clausura de la Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid

Bach, Bruckner, Berlioz
Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; Mireia Barrera; Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid; Marzena Diakun

LondonProm 30: The Tredegar Band joins BBC NOW

BBC Proms
Higgins, Berlioz
BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Ryan Bancroft; Tredegar Band
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Polished performances from Francesca Dego and the BBC SO at the Anvil

Mixed performances that highlighted Francesco Dego's riveting account of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, bookended by Berlioz's ground-breaking symphony and a rare overture by Louise Farrenc. 
****1
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Fruits musicaux de la France: Saint-Saëns and Berlioz from Bordeaux

Bertrand Chamayou proves an ideal soloist for the quixotic and energy-driven Saint-Saëns Second Piano Concerto, but what happened to the “fix” in the idée fixe of the Berlioz Fantastic Symphony?

***11
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Barenboim takes the Berlin Philharmonic on a French excursion

The stylish boulevards of Ibert's Flute Concerto are the destination for the Berliners before a wild journey into Berlioz' frenzied psyche in his Symphonie fantastique
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Meditations on Rilke: important new MTT work performed in Cleveland

The outgoing music director of the San Francisco Symphony made a brilliant impression with his own Meditations on Rilke, with Sasha Cooke and Dashon Burton as soloists. Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique was given a revelatory performance.
****1
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A match made in Mendelssohn

Herbert Blomstedt and Lise de la Salle proved an ideal pair in the rarely heard Piano Concerto no. 2 in D minor with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
*****
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