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Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Fabio Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With «Symphonie fantastique», Hector Berlioz succeeded in creating a groundbreaking work of the 19th century. He describes «Various situations in the life of an artist» in the five movements of the symphony and by that he means not least himself. The autobiographically coloured program of the symphony leads from a ball to the country, over a place of execution and ends up in an orgiastic «Dream of a Witches' Sabbath». In order to bring these scenes to life in the most impressive way possible, Berlioz radically expanded the vocabulary of symphonic music. The brilliantly orchestrated score presents a major challenge to the conductor and every single orchestra's musician. In the first record of the new label Philharmonia Records, we present a live recording of this symphonic milestone out of the Opernhaus Zürich. The work offers the Philharmonia Zürich, playing about 250 opera and ballet performances every year, the opportunity to gain also a reputation as a top-class symphony orchestra under the direction of general music director Fabio Luisi.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opernhaus, Zürich (09/2013).


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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
  • Conductor: Fabio Luisi
  • Ensemble: Zurich Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 54 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 04/1830
  • Studio/Live: Live