Valery Gergiev's Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique
BERLIOZ Overture: Waverley
BERLIOZ Les nuits d’été
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
Valery Gergiev conductor
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano
London Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz let his imagination run wild in his music, finding inspiration in all manner of sources, including his own turbulent personal life. His experience of powerful, unrequited love finds its expression in the emotionally charged Symphonie fantastique, the story of an artist's 'hopeless love', complete with waltzes, witches and a hallucinogenic nightmare.
It is heard alongside the moving song cycle Les nuits d'été, sung by mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, whose recent recording of the work was described by The Independent as 'a performance of extraordinary musical delicacy, poetic sensitivity and emotional range'.
Find out more about Symphonie fantastique
Click on the 'Audio & Video' tab to watch a video of LSO players describing some of the musical effects that tell the story of the Symphonie fantastique.
Family Backstage Pass: Berlioz
Pre-concert creative session for families with over-12s (Fountain Room, Level G), followed by the full concert at the Barbican Hall. Click here for more info (event sold out).
Tickets: £10 £15 £20 £28 £37
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Guildhall Artists at the Barbican
6pm, Barbican Hall
Franck Piano Quintet
Filip Jeska violin
Maria Laskowska violin
Igor Michalski viola
Marta Lagoda cello
Misako Osada piano
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