26 Mar 2014

Curtain Raiser: Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique

From the collecton Curtain Raiser
Opium poppy seed head

Opium poppy seed head Photo: Hugh Chevalier CC by SA 2.0

Berlioz’ symphony opens with an amazing depiction of an elusive, fragmented world of heightened emotion. In his later programme notes, Berlioz states that the artist, an unrequited lover, falls into a reverie because of a dose of opium.

Erica Challis takes us through the story of this five movement work.


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