Berlioz’s full-blown Romantic symphony was inspired by his infatuation with a pretty British ingénue named Harriet Smithson and one of the work’s greatest recording artists was Charles Munch. His RCA recordings are well known but very rare is his Philips recording made in 1966 with the Hungarian Radio and Television Orchestra.
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Hungarian Radio & Television Orchestra
Recording: Hungary, 1966
‘the orchestra that follows Munch’s volatile tempo fluctuations and dramatic impulses like starving tigers pouncing upon prey … fully conveys the primal impact Berlioz intends … fascinating and recommendable’ ClassicsToday.com