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Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ [download]

    1. L'enfance du Christ - Part II, La Fuite en Égypte: L'adieu Des Bergers a la Sainte Famille (The Shepherds' Farewell)
    2. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Scene 1 - Dans Cette Ville Immense
  • Catalogue Number LSO0606
    UPC 822231160625

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd balance engineers

    Recorded December 2006, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch
    Includes complete libretto with English translation
    Sung in French

  • Disc of the Year Financial Times

    CDs of the Year New York Times

    CDs of the Year ClassicsToday.com

    Critic's Choice 2008 American Record Guild

    Disc of the Week BBC Radio 3 CD review

    Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 10 ‘This set is instantly recommendable for Yann Beron's Narrator. He is quintessentially French and sings with a directness and innocence that suit the story perfectly ... Davis' understanding of Berlioz's layering of sounds remains unsurpassed ... when Berlioz strips the orchestration almost bare the effect is hypnotic. The Tenebrae Choir sings brilliantly at all dynamic levels and with absolute clarity, and in the most pious moments the effect is positively heavenly.' ClassicsToday.com

    Performance ***** Sound ***** ‘Beuron, probably today's finest lyric tenor, gives the performance an essential idiomatic core in his narration ... [Tenebrae are] dramatically alert and glowing as stained glass, the angelic messages skin-pricklingly ethereal.’
    BBC Music Magazine

    Classical CD of the Week ‘If ever a conductor lived the works of a composer, it’s Davis with Berlioz. The London Symphony Orchestra play with delicacy, the Tenebrae Choir are immaculate, and there’s an impeccable set of soloists.’
    The Independent on Sunday

    ***** 'Sir Colin Davis worked his magic with Berlioz yet again ... Sir Colin assembled a fine cast of soloists ... and choirs and orchestra sing and play superlatively.' Sunday Telegraph

    ‘Life-enhancing ... The Narrator’s strengths leap out immediately. He’s Yann Beuron ... Plus he’s French: an obvious boon in a language where inflection means so much. Here, the chamber choir Tenebrae excel themselves: wonder radiates from every securely focused, cleanly voiced chord. They’re the performance’s rock ... nothing here, not a growl, not a rasp, ruins the magic of L’Enfance du Christ.’
    The Times

    ‘[Sir Colin Davis's] revisitation of this truly classic score is utterly and totally compelling.’
    International Record Review

    ‘Under Davis’s loving direction, the spirit is wonderfully right, and all the soloists, the fine Tenebrae Choir and the hypersensitive LSO combine in an interpretation of extraordinary tenderness.’ Sunday Times

    'The combination of Davis, his responsive orchestra, and the French composer whose works he has done so much to champion, is irresistible ... This is undoubtedly another benchmark recording from LSO Live.' MusicalCriticism.com

£9.99

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


Described as a ‘sacred trilogy’, Berlioz’s oratorio L’enfance du Christ began as a short piece called Shepherds’ Farewell. It tells the story of the birth of Jesus and the journey of the Holy Family as they escape Bethlehem and head across Egypt to the city of Saïs. Unlike many of the composer’s more flamboyant works, it is an exquisite and gentle composition scored for relatively small forces.

Watch Sir Colin Davis on Berlioz L'enfance du Christ video

 


Composer   Berlioz
Conductors   Sir Colin Davis, Nigel Short
Performers   Tenebrae, London Symphony Orchestra
Soloists   Yann Beuron, Karen Cargill, William Dazeley, Matthew Rose, Peter Rose

Track list
Disc 1
1. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Prologue - Dans la Crèche, en Ce Temps
2. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 1 - Marche Nocturne
3. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scenes 2 & 3 - Toujours Ce Rêve!
4. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 4 - Les Sages de Judée
5. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 4 - Les Devins Font Des Évolutions
6. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 4 - la Voix Dit Vrai, Seigneur
7. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 5 - O Mon Cher Fils
8. L'enfance du Christ - Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode: Scene 6 - Joseph! Marie!

Disc 2
1. L'enfance du Christ - Part II, La Fuite en Égypte: Ouverture
2. L'enfance du Christ - Part II, La Fuite en Égypte: L'adieu Des Bergers a la Sainte Famille (The Shepherds' Farewell)
3. L'enfance du Christ - Part II, La Fuite en Égypte: Le Repos de la Sainte Famille (The Holy Family At Rest)
4. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Depuis Trois Jours
5. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Scene 1 - Dans Cette Ville Immense
6. L'enfance du Christ: Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Scene 2 - Entrez, Pauves Hébreux
7. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Scene 2 - Trio for Two Flutes and Harp
8. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Scene 2 - Vous Pleurez, Jeune Mère
9. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Epilogue - Ce Fut Ainsi Que Par un Infidèle
10. L'enfance du Christ - Part III, L'arrivée À Saïs: Epilogue - O Mon Âme

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