Ludwig Van Beethoven: Overture, Namensfeier
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Cast in five trail-blazing movements, the 'Symphonie fantastique' celebrates Berlioz's delirious infatuation with the Irish actress, Harriet Smithson, who crops up throughout by means of her own musical signature or ' idée fixe'.

After taking a draft of opium, Berlioz's wild ravings climax in a Witches' Sabbath finale, which sees Harriet consorting with all manner of ghouls and fiends.


Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Piotr Anderszewski piano