In the Trojans, don't you like Nuits d'ivresse? Or the intro to Act 4 -- storm and hunt?
What about Nuits d'ete?
You should at least try "Harold in Italy";
Thanks all for the recs! I tried Nuits d'ivresse and Storm and Hunt. The latter I preferred. But there might just be something about Berlioz that just doesn't jive with me. Happens, I guess. I'm trying to grasp at an explanation. But, for whatever reason listening to the excerpts from Les Troyens reminds me of Puccini, another composer whose operas I bafflingly I've walked away from a little underwhelmed. (Still trying to understand that one!)Try Romeo and Juliet (at least the common instrumental excerpts, esp. the "Mab" scherzo and Love Scene) and Faust (although here you need to listen to the whole thing because the "bonbons" from this, like the Rakoczy march and the will'o wisps menuet are hardly representative of the whole).
Maybe I'll come back Berlioz one day and something new will click. Onwards! Looking forward to the next week!