Christmas choral selection box

    1. Bach: Ciaconna with choral interpolations
    2. Fauré: Requiem in D Minor: Sanctus
    3. Walton: Belshazzar's Feast: X. Allegro - "Then Sing Aloud to God Our Strength"
    4. Walton: Symphony No I: I. Allegro assai
    5. Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ, L'adieu Des Bergers a la Sainte Famille (The Shepherds' Farewell)
  • Catalogue Number LSO5109
    UPC 822231510925

    James Mallinson producer
    Classic Sound Ltd engineering, editing, mixing & mastering

    Bundle comprises:

    LSO0728 [SACD Hybrid]
    Contains - Fauré: Requiem
    Bach: Partita, Chorales & Ciaccona

    Recorded live in DSD at the church of St Giles, Cripplegate, London, May 2012
    Audio - 2.0 stereo + 5.1 surround mixes
    Total playing time 68m 15s

    Booklet notes in English, French and German.
    Texts in German and Latin with English translation. Sung in German and Latin.

    LSO0681 [SACD Hybrid]
    Contains - Walton Belshazzar's Feast** and Symphony No 1*
    Recorded live in DSD 64fs at the Barbican, *23 September & 4 December 2005, and **28 & 30 September 2008
    Audio - 2.0 stereo + 5.0 surround mixes
    Total playing time 80m 17s

    Booklet notes in English, French and German.
    Text in English. Sung in English.

    LSO0606 [2SACD Hybrid]
    Contains - Berlioz L'enfance du Christ
    Recorded live in DSD at the Barbican, December 2006
    Audio - 2.0 stereo + 5.1 surround mixes
    Total playing time 96m 34s

    Booklet notes in English, French and German.
    Libretto in French with English translation. Sung in French.

  • LSO0606 L'enfance du Christ

    Disc of the Year Financial Times
    CDs of the Year New York Times
    CDs of the Year
    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.'

    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.'

£15.00 £33.97

Sir Colin Davis, Nigel Short, Tenebrae Choir, London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra

A variation on our popular "Christmas selection box": a collection of major choral works for the special price of £15.00, including our recording of Fauré's Requiem, chosen as BBC Radio 3 CD Review's Building a Library Top Recommendation.

Bundle contains: 

  • Fauré Requiem and Bach Partita, Chorales & Ciaccona /
    Nigel Short
     (normal price £9.99)
  • Walton Belshazzar's Feast and Symphony No 1 /
    Sir Colin Davis (normal price £8.99)
  • Berlioz L'enfance du Christ / Sir Colin Davis (normal price £14.99)

Composers   Berlioz, Fauré, Walton
Conductors   Sir Colin Davis, Nigel Short
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra
Tenebrae Choir
London Symphony Chorus
Soloists   Gordan Nikolitch, Grace Davidson, William Gaunt, 
Peter Coleman-Wright, Yann Beuron, Karen Cargill,
William Dazeley, Matthew Rose, Peter Rose

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