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Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ ~ Davis

Live, Hybrid SACD

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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.

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This is Colin Davis' third recording of Berlioz's great oratorio and it may be the best. Under his baton, the music flows without undue haste or stodgy piety. Berlioz was a consummate dramatist, even in this uncharacteristic work that often hearkens back to archaic musical forms to evoke the Biblical story. The singers are all outstanding, especially tenor Yann Beuron as the Narrator, whose pure tones and sincere delivery bring continuity to the tripartite structure. Karen Cargill as Mary and William Dazeley as Joseph bring welcome interpretive simplicity to their roles, while Matthew Rose and Peter Rose bring their ample bass instruments to such key roles such as Herod and the Householder. The LSO always plays at its best for Davis, and here it is a major attraction given the extensive orchestral sections of L'enfance du Christ. The LSO winds are especially dazzling, their "Marche Nocturne" section beautifully shaped and colored, and the remarkable inventiveness of the Part Three trio of two flutes and harp is fully brought to life. The Tenebrae Choir is as wonderful; its singing of the "Shepherd's Farewell" moving in its dignified elegance. --Dan Davis

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dans Le Creche, En Ce Temps
  2. Marche Nocturne
  3. Toujours Ce Reve!
  4. Les SAges De Judee
  5. Les Devins Font Des Evolutions
  6. La Voix Dit Vrai, Seigneur
  7. O Mon Cher Fils
  8. Joseph! Marie!

Disc: 2

  1. Ouverture
  2. The Shepherds' Farewell To the Holy Family
  3. The Holy Family At Rest
  4. Depuis Trois Jours
  5. Dans Cette Ville Immense
  6. Entrez, Pauvres Hebreux
  7. Trio For Two Flues And Harp
  8. Vous Pleurez, Jeunu Mere
  9. Ce Fut Ainsi Que Par Un Infidele
  10. O Mon Ame


Product details

  • Performer: Yann Beuron, Karen Cargill, William Dazeley, Matthew Rose, Peter Rose, et al.
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Hector Berlioz
  • Audio CD (January 22, 2018)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live, Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B000TKOD90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,585 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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