March to the Scaffold

performed by the London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in the fourth movement of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique (“Marche au supplice”) live from the Barbican Hall.

Convinced that his love is spurned, the artist poisons himself with opium. The dose of narcotic, while too weak to cause his death, plunges him into a heavy sleep accompanied by the strangest of visions. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, that he is condemned, led to the scaffold and is witnessing his own execution. Berlioz claimed to have written the fourth movement in a single night.

Filmed at the Barbican Hall on Sunday 5 May 2019.
Produced, directed and filmed by London Symphony Orchestra. Edited by Wash Media.
Video courtesy of London Symphony Orchestra.

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