Hector Berlioz – L’Enfance du Christ – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2007) [B&W 24-96]

Hector Berlioz – L’Enfance du Christ – London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (2007)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:36:29 minutes | 1,84 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Source: Bowers & Wilkins | Digital Booklet | © LSO Live
Recorded live in DSD, 2 and 3 December 2006 at the Barbican, London

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.

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

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
L’enfance du Christ (1850-1854)

Première Partie, Le Songe d’Hérode
1 Dans le crèche, en ce temps 1:53
Scene 1
2 Marche Nocturne 8:26
Scene 2
3 Toujours ce rêve! 8:50
Scene 4
4 Les sages de Judée 3:33
5 Les Devins font des évolutions 1:28
6 La voix dit vrai, Seigneur 4:11
Scene 5
7 O mon cher fils 8:20
Scene 6
8 Joseph! Marie! 4:21

Deuxième Partie, La fuite en Égypte
1 Ouverture 6:25
2 The Shephers’ Farewell to the Holy Family 4:32
3 The Holy Family at Rest 6:39
Troisième Partie: L’Arrivée à Saïs
4 Depuis trois jours 3:34
Scene 1
5 Dans cette ville immense 5:25
Scene 2
6 Entrez, pauvres Hébreux 7:37
7 Trio for two flutes and harp 6:23
8 Vous pleurez, jeune mère 4:27
9 Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle 3:08
10 O mon âme 7:15

William Dazeley baritone – Joseph
Peter Rose bass – Father/Polydorus
Matthew Rose bass – Herod
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano – Marie
Yann Beuron tenor – The Narrator/Centurion
Tenebrae Choir
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor