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.