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Work: Symphonie fantastique, Op.14

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOrchestral
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LondonDreamers and Adventurers

© BGE
Strauss R., Berlioz
Philharmonia Orchestra; Rafael Payare; Alisa Weilerstein

LondonOrchestra of the Met / Yannick Nézet-Séguin/Joyce DiDonato

Barbican
Berlioz
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Joyce DiDonato

ParisBeatrice Rana & Orchestre de Paris

Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz
Orchestre de Paris; Paavo Järvi; Beatrice Rana

LuganoDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

© Marco Borggreve
Beethoven, Berlioz
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Robin Ticciati; Isabelle Faust

MadridSinfonía fantástica de Berlioz

Sinfonía fantástica de Berlioz
Halffter, Berlioz
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; Ivor Bolton
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Barenboim takes the Berlin Philharmonic on a French excursion

Emmanuel Pahud and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
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

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
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.
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A match made in Mendelssohn

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin UK Lengemann
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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Cheerful Beethoven, intense Berlioz from Belgrade

Marc Piollet and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra © Marko Djokovic | Belgrade Philharmonic
Marc Piollet and the Belgrade Philharmonic presented a poised, happy Beethoven 1 contrasting with an intense performance of Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique
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Matvey Demin’s stellar UK debut flanked by an invigorated Gergiev

Matvey Demin © Matvey Demin

Gergiev, Demin, and the Mariinsky Orchestra deliver a performance full of vitality, virtuosity, and determination.

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