Berlioz Symphonie fantastique


Berlioz Symphonie fantastique concert. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts a Berlioz evening with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Performed 2018 at the Opéra Royal — Château de Versailles. The program:

  • Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'un artiste

  • Overture from Le Corsaire

  • La Mort de Cléopâtre cantata

  • “Chasse Royale e Orage” from Les Troyens

  • “Monologue et air de Didon” from Les Troyens

Features contralto Lucile Richardot. Directed for TV by Stéphan Aubé. Package contains both a DVD and a Blu-ray disc. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

There is a downside to shipping both a DVD and a Blu-ray of a concert together: a powerful temptation to make a DVD first and then a higher resolution version of the DVD that’s called a Blu-ray recording. Here’s a clip from the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique that suggests what you may wind up with: a Blu-ray disc with a sad, rampant, maybe fatal case of DVDitis: