A Piece of Classical Music That Makes You Scream at Your Own Funeral

Besides the musical experience it offers, Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ is also a type of soap opera. A new recording adds an intriguing interpretation to the work’s many performances.

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During the first four months of 1830, a Parisian composer named Hector Berlioz, who was just 26 years old at the time, wrote a daring, innovative five-movement work, the “Symphonie Fantastique” (“Fantastical...