Philharmonia Orchestra Performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique
The Philharmonia adds fuel to the fire of this wild symphony
Founded in 1945, the Philharmonia has become known as one of the UK’s best orchestras. This afternoon, principle conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the orchestra through the emotional and wild Symphonie Fantastique. Premiered by Berlioz in 1830, the symphony details the composer’s infatuation with his muse. Fuelled and poisoned by opium, Berlioz imagines their ill-fated end in the climax of this highly charged score. Pieces by Beethoven and Berlioz’s contemporary, Schumann, are also played. Best available seating allocated by the venue on arrival.
"A kind of musicianship rarely encountered today."