This page is intended to provide a guide to recordings of Berlioz’s music on CD, DVD and film; the listing is not exhaustive and additions will be made from time to time. In using this list two points should be borne in mind. First, the question of classification: Berlioz’s major works create do not always fit easily into traditional categories. In this listing a limited number of broad headings (symphonies, orchestral works etc.) has been used; the placing of a work in one category rather than another is at times arbitrary and purely for convenience. Second, many of the recordings listed below have been issued more than once, with changing catalogue numbers (which may also vary in different countries). It seemed therefore best to organise the items in each category largely according to the date of the original recording, where known. The catalogue numbers given may not be universally valid, and not all issues listed may be currently available.
You will find the texts and libretti of the masses, operas, melodies and other vocal works in our Berlioz Libretti pages.
This page is also available in French.
Copyright notice: The texts, photos, images and musical scores on all pages of this site are covered by UK Law and International Law. All rights of publication or reproduction of this material in any form, including Web page use, are reserved. Their use without our explicit permission is illegal.
We would like to express our gratitude to our friend Gene Halaburt for his constructive comments and suggestions on an earlier version of this page, from which it has greatly benefited. We are also grateful to Daniel Achache, John Ahouse, Jean-Pierre Andrivet, Yoel L. Arbeitman, Martin Binks, Madame Françoise Courcel (Présidente de l’ Association “Les Amis d’Arthur [Oldham]”, Peter Curbishley, Martha G Dibblee, Christopher Follett, David Gable, Brian Godfrey, Mike Harkin, Alfred Hartoog, Daniel Jacobi, Harald Janko, Satoshi Konno, Andres Saenz Lara, Maurice Laurence, Jr., Eric Legault, Louie, Andrew Ludasi, Claude Michel, James C Morris, Peter Polhemus, Jean-Pierre Prat, Bob Salvi, Pierre-René Serna, Cyrille Songeur, John C. Thomas, Michel Verjus, Sue Vernon, Martin Walker, Richard Wandel, Christian Wasselin and John Wrzesien for their recommendations.
We are also most grateful to our friend Alan Underwood for his contribution to the “DVD, Video, Film” section; to Madame Diana-Odile Lestage for sending us a list of films on Berlioz and his music in the “Musique filmée” collection of the Louvre Museum, to Daniel Achache for his valuable contribution to the “Masses and other choral works” section (La Damnation of Faust), and to Malcolm Walker and Brian Godfrey for “Sir Colin Davis - A Discography”.
Contents of this page:
Overtures and other orchestral/instrumental works
Masses and other choral works
Operas, melodies and other vocal works*
DVDs, Videos, Films
Sir Colin Davis - A Discography
Reviews of recordings of music by Berlioz
Last update: 1 February 2015
A red asterisk (*) indicates additions since the previous update.
The Hector Berlioz Website was created by Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin on 18
The Berlioz Discography page created on 24 May 2002, in both French and English versions. Both versions were completely reorganised on 1 June 2002 and 7 February 2003; substantial additions made since.
© Monir Tayeb and Michel Austin. All rights of reproduction reserved.
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