Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique tells the story of a poet's opium-induced dream, in which he sees visions of the object of his unrequited love, who in the music is described by an idée fixe or recurring musical theme.

Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique


From a ball, to a scene in the country, to the poet's death on the scaffold and finally a wild witches' sabbath, this descriptive music is vivid in its depictions. This recording is conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • I. Rêveries – Passions
  • II. Un bal
  • III. Scène aux champs
  • IV. Marche au supplice
  • V. Songe d'une nuit de sabbat