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Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique

Live BBC Proms. Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra theatrically present Berlioz's autobiographical, tragic, passionate and opium-fuelled symphonic fantasy from memory.

Live at BBC Proms: with the help of Matthew Baynton as Berlioz, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra theatrically present Berlioz's autobiographical tragic, passionate and opium-fuelled symphonic fantasy from memory.

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Matthew Baynton (actor)
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon (conductor)

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the gallows and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the score is a cinematic fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque.

Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra perform this grandiose work from memory, in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, as well as Berlioz’s own words about his music.

Staging concept by the Aurora Orchestra

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1 hour, 44 minutes

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music Suite in G major, HWV 350

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • OISEAU LYRE.

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