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Still trying to decide which upcoming Philharmonia show to attend? How about Friday night’s performance featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Often regarded as one of the greatest works of the 19th century, the piece is centered on Berlioz’s obsession with Irish actress (and eventual first wife) Harriet Smithson. Fantastique is an autobiographical account of Berlioz’s desire and infatuation; creating a unique melodic piece that is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful.

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
We explore the circumstances surrounding the creation of one of the 19th Century's greatest works of art.
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Composer: Hector Berlioz
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