- Symphonie fantastique(40 mins)An introduction to the piece, presented by Andrew McGregor and with live excerpts from the orchestra
- Symphonie fantastique(50 mins)The BBC Philharmonic perform the piece in its entirety
In this unique event, the erudite and affable broadcaster Andrew McGregor and the BBC Philharmonic explore the extraordinary soundworld of a true landmark in musical history, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Subtitled ‘Episode in an Artist’s Life’, it is to an extent an autobiographical piece that begins with innocent daydreams but leads to opium-fuelled visions of murder, execution and a witches’ Sabbath!
In the first half Andrew gets to the beating heart of the work with the help of live musical examples from Ben Gernon and the orchestra, illuminating both the music itself and the personal and broader contexts in which it was created.
A complete performance then follows. The evening will be both instructive and thoroughly enjoyable - not to be missed.
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