Carl St.Clair, conductor
Eileen Jeanette, host
BERLIOZ: “Symphonie Fantastique”
~ Daydreams, Passions
~ A Ball
~ Scene in the Fields
~ March to the Scaffold
~ Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
This performance was recorded on Feb. 7, 2020 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
No single work transformed the sound of a symphony orchestra more than Berlioz’s revolutionary “Symphonie Fantastique” of 1830, with its massive orchestra, large percussion battery and powerful brass. Combining gracious ballroom dances with psychedelic depictions of a witches’ sabbath, the piece represents the composer’s obsessive love of a great Shakespearean actress. Eileen Jeanette, Pacific Symphony’s senior vice-president of artistic planning, opens the concert with an interview with Principal Bassoon Rose Corrigan. This free, virtual performance will be available for viewing through Oct. 10.
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