Keeping Score – Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique – San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas (2009) Blu-ray 1080i AVC TrueHD 7.1

• “I feel, therefore I am.” For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic Movement, those were more than words; they were a song of the heart. But with the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie fantastique Berlioz almost overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, demanded sacrifice from its author and his audience. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the symphony relates an “episode in the life of an artist,” that artist being the love-obsessed composer himself. This symphony encapsulates the inner drama – and trauma – that made Berlioz one of the masters.
• Join Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink and beyond in this program, available in Blu-ray from Keeping Score.
• Bonus Feature: Full-length concert performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique by the San Francisco Symphony in high-definition 16:9 widescreen and 7.1 surround sound.

Hector Berlioz (1803–1869)
• Symphonie fantastique
1 Rêveries-Passions (Reveries, Passions) 15:16
2 Un Bal (A Ball) 6:45
3 Scène aux champs (Scene in the Fields) 17:33
4 Marche au supplice (March to the Scaffold) 6:38
5 Songe d’une nuit de sabbat (Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath) 9:36