Fantastique by name, fantastic by nature! When Hector Berlioz couldn’t win the girl of his dreams he poured all his unrequited passion into this opium-fuelled extravaganza for a super-sized orchestra. There’s nothing quite like it – but equally there’s nothing quite like the passionate, neglected music of his French contemporary Augusta Holmès or Mark Simpson’s flamboyant, sensuous new Violin Concerto, especially when performed by the one and only Nicola Benedetti.

Nicola Benedetti appears courtesy of Decca Classics

Supported by the Ambache Charitable Trust, which raises the profile of music by women.