Hector Berlioz:
Symphonie fantastique

"I feel therefore I am." For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic movement he personified, those were words to live by. But with the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique he almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an “episode in the life of an artist,” that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink in this episode of Keeping Score.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10pm


SFS Fan (not verified)
August 25, 2009

I am really looking forward to this show on PBS.

Anonymous (not verified)
September 13, 2009

Can't wait to see this on PBS.

-jb (not verified)
October 16, 2009

Best lecture on the Symphonie Fantastique ever!

"I'd pay another Kreutzer if the thing" had a second hour
and a second DVD with the full orchestral performance.

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November 1, 2009
what a used car salesman!!!
David G. Walsh (not verified)
November 1, 2009
After years of falling in love with the Symphonie Fantastique, & reading all I could find available concerning its epic story-line - FINALLY, a masterpiece has been captured by an equally inspired masterpiece in illustrating & producing it. My gratitude to you, D.G.W.
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