Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ


Berlioz L'enfance du Christ

Berlioz L'enfance du Christ

Sir Colin Davis conductor
Yann Beuron Narrator/Centurion
Karen Cargill Marie
William Dazeley Joseph

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

Classical CD of the Week ‘If ever a conductor lived the works of a composer, it’s Davis with Berlioz' The Independent on Sunday

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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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'


Sir Colin Davis conductor
Yann Beuron
 The Narrator/Centurion

Karen Cargill Marie

William Dazeley Joseph

Matthew Rose Herod

Peter Rose Father/Polydorus

Tenebrae Choir
London Symphony Orchestra 

Recording Details

James Mallinson producer
Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound 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/en français

Catalogue number - LSO0606
UPC - 822231160625

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