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Which are the five greatest works by Hector Berlioz in your opinion?

  • La Mort de Cléopâtre, H. 36

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  • Le roi Lear, Op. 4

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  • Lélio, ou Le retour à la vie

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  • Le Corsaire Overture, op. 21

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  • Tristia, Op. 18

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  • Feuillets d’album, Op. 19

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  • Fleurs des landes, Op. 13

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  • Hymne pour la consécration du nouveau tabernacle, H. 135

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  • Two motets, H. 141 and H. 142

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  • Other(s)

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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
The works are ordered more or less chronologically. Define "greatest" as you wish. If you choose Other(s), please tell us here in the comments section which work(s) you had in mind.

You may change your vote later.

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Top ten most voted works that belong to Hector Berlioz's five greatest according to the poll at the moment (in case of tie, later work gets priority in the ordering):

1. Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 (25 votes)
2. Les Troyens, Op. 29 (17 votes)
3. Harold en Italie, Op. 16 (14 votes)
4. La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24 (13 votes)
5. Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (12 votes)
6. Les Nuits d'été, Op. 7 (11 votes)
7. Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17 (11 votes)
8. L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25 (6 votes)
9. Te Deum, Op. 22 (5 votes)
10. Benvenuto Cellini, Op. 23 (4 votes)

Total votes at the moment: 28.

Last update: 11/25/2022.


 

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I'm a huge Berlioz fan and the works I chose are Symphonie fantastique, Les Troyens, Harold en Italie, Les nuits d'été and L'enfance du Christ. I wouldn't claim these works to be his 'greatest', because, honestly, I don't feel it necessary to put these works on some kind of pedestal and rank them. I will, however, say that these are my 'Top 5' favorite works from him.
 

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My favorite by some margin is La damnation de Faust. It was also easy to pick SF and R&J (uneven, but contains some of the best by far, like Love scene and Mab scherzo)
Admittedly, I have heard Les Troyens but don't know it well and don't know any of the other operas. I nevertheless voted for Troyens; I don't care for the Requiem, hardly know Te Deum and L'enfance. I know but never really clicked with Nuits d'été. So I gave the last vote to Harold in Italy although I think that this piece is downhill after the first half of the first movement.
 

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La Damnation by far, it contains what I consider one of the two most beautiful melodies ever written (d'amour l'ardente flamme" - the other one being the 2nd theme from the adagio of Bruckner's 6th).
The rest: 2. Symphony Fantastique 3. Requiem 4. Les Nuits d'Eté 5. Les Troyens
 

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It might have lost some of its specialness but if Berlioz had made a real opera out of his Faust, it would probably be more popular. As it is it has some of his greatest music but lacks a bit of an overall arch.
 
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