Berlioz “Symphonie Fantastique”

This video features Christian Vasquez leading Stavanger Symphony Orchestra without the score in a performance taped at the Stavanger Concert Hall.

Maestro Vasquez showcases secure understanding of Berlioz’s contradictions and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra play with the lush precision.


The premier difficulty that faces any conductor who leads Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” is how to reconcile the composer’s wild-eyed Romanticism with his paradoxical bent toward Classical serenity. Anyone who highlights ‘yin’ at the expense of ‘yang’ can only hope to reveal one facet of a complex creator…

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