MT125 .S681 1984 v.3
Performed by Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
In Paris on 11 September 1827, Hector Berlioz fell madly in love with an Irish actress, Harriet Smithson. His infatuation became the inspiration for a symphony he was composing. Symphonie Fantastique tells the story of a young man who, betrayed by his lover, tries to poison himself with opium. Instead, the opium induces a deep sleep, and each movement of the symphony tells a different dream that the hero experiences. Composed nearly a century before Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Symphonie Fantastique broke new ground, especially with the lavish virtuosity of its orchestration.
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