Release Date: October 14, 2014
Catalog #: NV5977
Format: Digital

Symphonie Fantastique

Hector Berlioz composer
Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra | John Page conductor

Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (1830) is regarded as one of the most significant works from the early Romantic period, memorably portraying the introspective and troubled life of an artist. The French composer’s use of materials such as the recurring idée fixe to illustrate the protagonist’s obsessive mind-state has influenced composers ever since. Conductor John Page calls Symphonie Fantastique “unquestionably the most vividly programmatic symphony in the entire orchestra repertoire.”

This digital release captures a powerful live performance by Page and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. Recorded by PARMA Live on June 2, 2013 at the orchestra’s 2012-13 season finale at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH, Berlioz’s dramatic work is given a compelling, dark, and ominous reading in the skilled hands of Page and the PSO.


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Artist Information

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra


Founded in 1997, the orchestra is comprised of over 65 local professionals, educators, dedicated amateurs, and advanced students drawing audiences and members along the Seacoast from Newburyport MA to York ME and west to Bedford NH. The orchestra presents four main concerts each season at The Music Hall in Portsmouth NH, along with numerous chamber music and school concerts throughout the year.