Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique (DVD) | Arthaus 109166

Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique (DVD)

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Label: Arthaus

Cat No: 109166

Format: DVD - NTSC

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Symphonie fantastique, op.14 H48

Artists

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Conductor

Bernard Haitink

About

In this live recording from the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in 1989, Bernard Haitink conducts his Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in a performance of Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

Berlioz wrote his symphony, subtitled 'Episodes in the Life of an Artist', in 1830. It deals, autobiographically, with his love for the famous Irish actress Harriet Smithson. With his composition Berlioz not only reached the breakthrough of his career as a composer, but also defined early Romanticism with his so-called 'programme music'.

This innovative piece is made up of five movements, held together by a musical theme, the Love Theme. The detailed literary programme portrays a lover pursuing his beloved through bouts of opium-smoking, his hallucinations ever more curious, until she becomes a malign witch on Walpurgis Night, dancing on the grave of his love.

It consists of a fantasy about the beloved, an evocation of a ball, a rustic scene, a Napoleonic march to the scaffold and the nightmare of the witches’ orgy, called the Witches’ Sabbath. Throughout the five movements, the love theme recurs constantly, holding them all tightly together.

This piece of music, long regarded as virtuoso nonsense, is by now appreciated as a brilliant psychological fantasy in music, its texture finely adjusted to the acceptable music of its period.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD 9 / NTSC
Running Time: 58 mins
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0
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