"Berlioz composed this work in 1830 and conducted the first performance in Paris on December 5 of that same year. He revised it in 1832 and added two cornets to the instrumentation in 1845.
Berlioz the composer was a full-blown Romantic, whose infatuation-at-first-sight with a pretty British ingÈnue named Harriet Smithson influenced his Fantastic Symphony. Harriet was "The Beloved" of his programme fantastique. "A young musician of morbid sensibility...in a paroxysm of lovesick despair" attempts suicide, but takes only enough laudanum to induce hallucinations, in which his Beloved appears as a recurring melody with several personalities, finally as a bacchante at a satanic ritual. In the finale, Berlioz went far beyond Beethoven's merrymaking peasants; he created a witches' sabbath, without precedent in music before 1830. Along with liberating orchestral color, he overthrew the tyranny of bar-lines, downbeat accents, and academic dogma." - AMG.
This is an RCA "Shaded Dog" release in Stereo from 1962. The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
This is a fairly early pressing with 8S/5S as part of the Matrix.
The record is Exc+.
The jacket is VG+.
The LP plays NM-.
A very big, open and powerfull sound. The full weight of the Orchestra is brought to bear on this sonic showcase. Thundering Crescendos, deep powerfull Bass, biting Brass sections and just about any coloration the Orchestra is capable of. A wide and deep soundstage with ambience, along with pin-point imaging all add to the realism and impact of this powerhouse.
A few minutes of surface noise on side 1 and 2 - otherwise clean.
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