Introducing Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique

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Introducing Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique



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28th March 2011




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Introducing Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique


Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Recorded live at the Hagia Eirene, Istanbul 2001

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Host: Wulf Konold

A new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the Modern Period – thanks to a new educational series of audio-visual concert guides, Introducing Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question.

Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester…) in a timely visual style.

Includes 29 mins introductory feature + full concert performance of the masterpiece!

Berlioz’ “Fantastic Symphony” is widely regarded as one of the most important and representative pieces of the early Romantic period. Leonard Bernstein once called it “the first musical expedition into psychedelia” because of its hallucinatory and dream-like nature. The German musicologist Wulf Konold describes the idea behind and the realization of this fascinating work.

Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9

Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 29 mins (documentary) + 53 mins (performance)

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

June 2011


“The introductory film conveys Berlioz's extraordinary sensibility well, along with the radical nature of the work. Mariss Jansons's performance is fine, if not as extraordinary as the music.”

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