Louis-Hector Berlioz (; French: [ɛktɔʁ bɛʁljoz]; 11 December 1803 – 8 March 1869) was a French Romantic composer. His output includes orchestral works such as the Symphonie fantastique and Harold in Italy, choral pieces including the Requiem and L'enfance du Christ, his three operas Benvenuto Cellini, Les Troyens and Béatrice et Bénédict, and works of hybrid genres such as the "dramatic symphony" Roméo et Juliette and the "dramatic legend" La damnation de Faust.

The elder son of a provincial doctor, Berlioz was expected to follow his father into medicine, and he attended a Parisian medical college before defying his family by taking up music as a profession. His independence of mind and refusal to follow traditional rules and formulas put him at odds with the conservative musical establishment of Paris. He briefly moderated his style sufficiently to win France's premier music prize, the Prix de Rome, in 1830 but he learned little from the academics of the Paris Conservatoire. Opinion was divided for many years between those who thought him an original genius and those who viewed his music as lacking in form and coherence.

At age 22 Berlioz fell in love with the Irish Shakespearean actress Harriet Smithson, and he pursued her obsessively until she finally accepted him seven years later. Their marriage was happy at first but eventually foundered. Harriet inspired his first major success, the Symphonie fantastique, in which an idealised depiction of her occurs throughout.

Berlioz completed three operas, the first of which, Benvenuto Cellini, was an outright failure. The second, the huge epic Les Troyens (The Trojans), was so large in scale that it was never staged in its entirety during his lifetime. His last opera, Béatrice et Bénédict – based on Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing – was a success at its premiere but did not enter the regular operatic repertoire. Meeting only occasional success in France as a composer, Berlioz increasingly turned to conducting, in which he gained an international reputation. He was highly regarded in Germany, Britain and Russia both as a composer and as a conductor. To supplement his earnings he wrote musical journalism throughout much of his career; some of it has been preserved in book form, including his Treatise on Instrumentation (1844), which was influential in the 19th and 20th centuries. Berlioz died in Paris at the age of 65.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz; Orchestre de Paris, Charles Münch 1
Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz; New York Philharmonic, Bernstein 1
Symphonie Fantastique Hector Berlioz 1
Symphonie fantastique / Capriccio espagnol Berlioz, Rimsky-Korsakov; Georgian SIMI Festival Orchestra, Jahni Mardjani 1
Symphonie Fantastique / Le Carnaval Romain Overture Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker, Rudolf Kempe 1
Symphonie fantastique / Les Francs-Juges Berlioz; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1
Symphonie Fantastique / Overture Benvenuto Cellini Hector Berlioz 1
Symphonie fantastique / Overtures Hector Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov 1
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 Berlioz; L'orchestre National, André Vandernoot 1
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 Hector Berlioz 1
Te Deum Hector Berlioz; Orchestre de Paris, John Nelson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Harold en Italie / Tristia, op. 18 / Les Troyens à Carthage: Prelude Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
1983 Karajan-Edition: 100 Meisterwerke: Vol. 1 Vivaldi, Bach, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Berlioz, Liszt, Smetana, Bruckner, Joh. Strauß, Bizet; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1984 Pomp and Circumstance: Magnificent Marches Berlioz, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Meyerbeer, Tchaikovsky 1
1987 Requiem / Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch 1
1988 Capriccio italien / Romeo und Julia Tschaikowski, Prokofiew, Berlioz 1
1988 Franck: Symphony in D minor / D'Indy: Symphony sur un chant montagnard / Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict Overture Franck, Berlioz, D'Indy 1
1988 Moonlight Sonata Gluck, Beethoven, Berlioz, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky 1
1990 Symphonie Fantastique / Tanz der Sylphen / Tanz der Irrlichter (1964 recordings) Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 5
1990 Harold en Italie / Rêverie et Caprice Hector Berlioz; Yehudi Menuhin, Philharmonia Orchestra, Colin Davis, John Pritchard 1
1990 Requiem, Op. 5 / Te Deum, Op. 22 Berlioz; Orchestre National de France, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Chœur de Radio France, Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim 1
1992 Requiem / Mort de Cléopâtre / Roméo et Juliette (excerpts) Berlioz; Orchestre National de France, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, Stuart Burrows, Jennie Tourel 1
1992 Symphony Fantastique / Overtures Berlioz; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein 1
1993 La muerte de Cleopatra / Sinfonía fantástica Hector Berlioz; Orquesta de París, Daniel Barenboim 3
1993 Symphonie fantastique Hector Berlioz 3
1993 The Classical Collection 19: Berlioz: Romantic Classics Hector Berlioz 3
1994 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Nuits d'été Ernest Chausson, Hector Berlioz; Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte‐Carlo, Armin Jordan, Françoise Pollet 1
1994 Great Orchestral Works: Symphonie fantastique / Harold in Italy Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, The John Alldis Choir, Nobuko Imai, Sir Colin Davis 1
1994 Sir Thomas Beecham and the L.P.O., Volume II: Berlioz / Franck / Offenbach / Debussy Berlioz, Franck, Offenbach, Debussy; The L.P.O., Sir Thomas Beecham 1
1995 Les nuits d'été / Herminie Berlioz; Brigitte Balleys, Mireille Delunsch, Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1995 Symphonie fantastique / Romeo and Juliet / La Damnation de Faust Berlioz; André Cluytens, Carlo Maria Giulini, Sir John Barbirolli 1
1996 Os grandes clássicos: Marcha Rakoczy / Sinfonia fantástica / Sinfonia no. 15 (Marcha fúnebre) Hector Berlioz 1
1996 The Fantastic Symphony (Episode from an Artist's Life), op. 14 / The Roman Carnival, op. 9 Hector Berlioz; Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Zdeněk Košler, Ľudovít Rajter 1
1997 Requiem / Symphonie fantastique Berlioz; André Previn, Robert Tear 1
1997 Complete Orchestral Works Hector Berlioz; Sir Colin Davis 2
1997 The Best of Berlioz Hector Berlioz 1
1998 Berlioz: Les Nuits d'été / Mendelssohn: Psalm 42 - Infelice / Brahms: Alto Rhapsody / Respighi: La Sensitiva Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Respighi; Dame Janet Baker, London Symphony Chorus, City of London Sinfonia, Richard Hickox 1
1998 Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Berlioz, Mussorgsky; Igor Markevitch, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1999 Symphonie fantastique / La Damnation de Faust – Danses (1975 recordings) Hector Berlioz; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1999 Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 in C minor / Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Berliner Philharmoniker feat. conductor: James Levine, organ: Simon Preston) Berlioz / Saint‐Saëns / Dukas 1
1999 Symphony Fantastique Hector Berlioz 1
1999 The Best of Berlioz Hector Berlioz 1
2000 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain / Hungarian March / Royal Hunt and Storm Berlioz; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
2000 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain / Les Nuits d'été Hector Berlioz 2
2002 Liszt: Les Préludes / Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture / Damnation of Faust / Weber: Overtures to Der Freischütz / Euryanthe and Oberon Liszt, Berlioz, Weber; Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, Willem Mengelberg 1
2002 Music to Remember: Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz, Massanet Chabrier, Mozart, Delius, Debussy, Saint‐Saëns, Berlioz, Massenet; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1
2003 The Berlioz Experience Hector Berlioz; Julia Hamari, Yvonne Minton, Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Sofie von Otter, Françoise Pollet, John Aler, Thomas Allen, Francisco Araiza, Plácido Domingo, Mathieu Dupouy, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Luciano Pavarotti, José van Dam, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, 정명훈, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Seji Ozawa 1
2003 Edition Hector Berlioz; Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Eliahu Inbal 1
2003 Great Conductors of the 20th Century: Dimitri Mitropoulos Mahler, Berlioz, Debussy, R. Strauss; Dimitri Mitropoulos 1
2003 The Philadelphia Orchestra Recordings 1941-1942 Schubert, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Strauss, Respighi; Arturo Toscanini 1
2004 Berlioz: Requiem / Mahler: Symphony no. 1 “Titan” Berlioz, Mahler 1
2005 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite Berlioz, Tchaikovsky; The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel 1
2007 BBC Music, Volume 16, Number 4: Christmas Choral Music Johann Sebastian Bach, Hector Berlioz, Jean Mouton, Jacobus Clemens non Papa; The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner 1
2008 Roméo et Juliette / Les Nuits d'été Hector Berlioz 1
2009 Ultimate Berlioz: The Essential Masterpieces Hector Berlioz 1
2009 L’Enfance du Christ / Roméo et Juliette (excerpts) Berlioz; Victoria de los Ángeles, Nicolai Gedda, André Cluytens, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
2009 Grandes compositores da música clássica, Volume 27: Berlioz Hector Berlioz 1
2012 Great Romantic Symphonies Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Mahler, Bruckner, Saint‐Saëns, Franck, Dvořák, Strauss 1
2012 Romantic Symphonies & Overtures Berlioz, Dvořák, Franck, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, J.S. Straus II, Tchaikovsky, Weber; Philharmonia Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer 2
2015 Berlioz / Debussy / Ravel / Poulenc Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc; Anima Eterna Brugge, Jos van Immerseel 1
Hector Berlioz: Les Nuits d'Été op. 7 / Gustav Mahler: Fünf Rückert-Lieder Hector Berlioz, Gustav Mahler; Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli, New Philharmonia Orchestra 1
La Marseillaise & Other Berlioz Favourites Hector Berlioz 1
Les Génies du Classique, Volume II, n° 14 : Berlioz Berlioz; NDR Sinfonieorchester, Pierre Monteux, Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Hans Swarowsky 1
Les Nuits D'été / La Damoiselle élue / Shéhérazade Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel; Frederica von Stade, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
Orchestral Program Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Liszt, Sibelius, Weber; Philharmonia Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan 1
Symphonie fantastique / L'Invitation à la valse Berlioz; Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
Symphonie fantastique / Les nuits d'été / Ouvertures Berlioz; Charles Munch, Victoria de los Ángeles 1
Symphonie Fantastique / Rakoczy-Marsch / Symphonie No. 3 / Der Karneval der Tiere Hector Berlioz, Camille Saint‐Saëns 1
The Complete Operas Hector Berlioz 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Mahler: Symphony N. 3 in D minor / Berlioz: Romeo et Juliette (excerpts) Gustav Mahler, Hector Berlioz; Pierre Boulez, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, New York Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2001 Le Corsaire Overture / Ouverture du Roi Lear / Harold en Italie / Marche troyenne Berlioz; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Bruch, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Berlioz: Reverie et Caprice Bruch, Mendelssohn, Berlioz; Josef Suk, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karel Ančerl, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Václav Smetáček 1
1993 Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été / Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E-flat major Hector Berlioz, Gustav Mahler; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez 1
1999 Mahler: Symphony no. 4 / Berlioz: Overture Le Corsaire Mahler, Berlioz; Heather Harper, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli 1
2000 Live in Tokyo 1970 Weber, Mozart, Sibelius, Berlioz; The Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell 3
2001 Symphonie fantastique Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2001 Chausson: Poème de l'amour et de la mer / Berlioz: Les nuits d'été / Schoenberg: Song of the Wood Dove Chausson, Berlioz, Schoenberg; Janet Baker, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov, Carlo Maria Giulini, Norman Del Mar 1
2002 Les Troyens Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2002 Spanish Songs / Berlioz: Excerpts from Les nuits d'été Scarlatti, Handel, Schubert, Schumann, Stravinsky, Ravel, Duparc, Brahms, Berlioz; Victoria de los Ángeles, Gerald Moore, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rudolf Schwarz 1
2003 Harold en Italie Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Tabea Zimmermann 1
2007 L’Enfance du Christ Berlioz; Tenebrae Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 1
2011 La Damnation de Faust Hector Berlioz; Radio Filharmonisch Orkest & Groot Omroepkoor, Bernard Haitink 1
2013 Grande messe des morts Berlioz; Barry Banks, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 3
2014 Te Deum Hector Berlioz 1
2014 Symphonie fantastique / Overture: Waverley Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2015 Harold en Italie / La Mort de Cléopâtre Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, Antoine Tamestit, Karen Cargill 1
2016 Roméo et Juliette Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev 1
2017 Les Troyens Hector Berlioz; DiDonato, Spyres, Lemieux, Degout, Courjal, Crebassa, Hipp, Dubois, de Barbeyrac, Sly, Chœur de l'ONR, Badischer Staatsopernchor, Chœur philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, John Nelson 1
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique / Liszt: Les Préludes Berlioz, Liszt; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti 1

EP + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Lollipops no. 1 Sibelius, Berlioz, Chabrier; Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart., C.H., Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Le carnaval romain, ouverture caractéristique, Op. 9 (Moscow Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: A. Almeida) Hector Berlioz 1
Berlioz: Hungarian March, Le Corsaire, King Lear Hector Berlioz 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Roméo et Juliette Berlioz - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
1986 Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique / Mussorgsky: A Night on the Bare Mountain Berlioz, Mussorgsky; Wiener Symphoniker, Georges Prêtre, Cleveland Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnányi 1
1996 Béatrice et Bénédict (Orchestre de Paris, feat. conductor: Daniel Barenboim, singers: Minton, Domingo, Cotrubas, Denize) Hector Berlioz 1
1996 Symphonie Fantastique / La Marseillaise Berlioz; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1997 Le Carnaval Romain Hector Berlioz 1
1998 Roméo & Juliette Berlioz; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 Symphonie fantastique / Le Carnaval romain Hector Berlioz; London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis 2
2004 Requiem (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Spano, tenor: Frank Lopardo) Hector Berlioz 1

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