(conducted in 1985 by Riccardo Muti, with the Philadelphia Orchestra)
Hector Berlioz's jaw-dropping "Symphonie Fantastique" was just the ticket, to make the young Parisian composer famous outside his city. It can possibly lay a claim, to being more "radical" , "revolutionary" or "unprecedented" than perhaps any other symphonic work of the first third of the nineteenth century, and that IS saying something!
And yet, the symphony was born of something quite simple ; Berlioz's unrequited love and passion, for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson, whom he later married - being impressed by Belioz's works -, but at the time of the symphony's composition, seemed far from attainable, to the romantic French composer.
Symphonie Fantastique Op.14 by Berliioz (1830 ; 54:38) :-
1) I Reveries - Largo - Allegro agitato e appassionato assai 2) II Un bal. Valse. Allegro non troppo 3) III Scene auz champs. Adagio 4) IV Marche au supplice. Allegretto non troppo 5) V Songe d'une nuit de Sabbat. Larghetto - Allegro - Dies irae - Ronde du Sabbat.
The CD is in EX+ condition.