Hector Berlioz’s reality was steeped in fantasy. Guided by his powerful, and sometimes dark, imagination, and inspired by the titanic revelations of Beethoven before him, the flamboyant French composer created a treasure trove of music with one aim: to tell stories. The Death of Cleopatra, Harold in Italy, The Damnation of Faust - the tales kept on coming, accompanied by melodies and effects that were strange yet thrilling to contemporary audiences’ ears.
The LSO’s Berlioz series will explore this quintessentially Romantic composer with eight concerts, a matinee Family Concert for 7- to 12-year-olds, a Guided Concert Night for older families, a Discovery Day of open rehearsals and chamber music, and a pre-concert talk and performance - Berlioz and the Romantic Orchestra - presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in their bicentenary year.
Under the baton of Russian master of drama Valery Gergiev, Berlioz’s imagination will come to life at the Barbican this autumn; in the composer’s words ‘my heart’s book inscribed on every page’.
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