Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Piotr Anderszewski piano
Cast in five trailblazing movements, Symphonie fantastique celebrates Berlioz’s delirious infatuation with the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, who crops up throughout by means of her own musical signature or idée fixe. Berlioz’s opium-induced wild ravings climax in a Witches’ Sabbath finale, which sees Harriet consorting with all manner of ghouls and fiends. It is paired with music by the composer who most influenced him – Beethoven – and by Berlioz’s contemporary and admirer Schumann.
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- Basingstoke Gazette (1 October 2013)