Cast in five trailablazing movements, the 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. After taking a draft of opium, Berlioz's wild ravings climax in a Witches' Sabbath finale, which sees Harriet consorting with all manner of ghouls and fiends. In this afternoon's concert it is paired with music by the composer who most influenced him - Beethoven - and by Berlioz's contemporary and admirer Schumann.
More concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen:
Aug 29 2013, 19:30 - Royal Albert Hall
Esa Pekka Salonen conducts Bruckner at BBC Proms 2013
Sep 06 2013, 19:00 - Schloss Grafenegg
Salonen conducts Beethoven's Eroica Symphony
London Autumn-Spring 2013/14
Find out about the Philharmonia's 2013/14 season of concerts at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall