It's so cool we're doing it in two installments.
Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz - a performance recorded live last October at the Salle Pleyel in Paris.
It's a long work, so we're taking two Euro Classics to get it all in on Classical MPR. The first two movements (Dreams & Passions and A Ball) are at 12:05am (CDT, Thursday, Sept. 2) with the final three movements (Scenes in the Fields, March to the Scaffold, and Dream of a Witches' Sabbath) to follow next Thursday (9/9, 12:05am, CDT).
Symphonie Fantastique is an epic work that tells the story of an artist's self-destructive passion for a beautiful woman. And that artist just happens to be Berlioz himself.
Plus, it's Dudamel....with two orchestras - that's exciting all by itself. Hope you can stay up late this week and next, with Classical MPR.
Back in the day, MPR listeners could manage to get through a whole symphony. Splitting up Symphonie Fantastique over two weeks is just strange and definitely not cool. Why not do one of the Goldberg Variations every three weeks. That could take up most of two years.