Notes & Reviews:
Ticciati cements his reputation as an outstanding Berliozian with his latest recording, L'enfance du Christ featuring the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Ticciati is a regular guest conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, widely considered to be one of Europe's leading orchestras. They are joined by a sterling cast of soloists including: Stephane Loges, Veronique Gens, Yann Beuron and Alistair Miles.
BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
Beuron, still probably France's finest lyric tenor, a compelling Recitant with open, ardent tones and warm delivery...Miles is a splendidly anguished but restrained Herod and benign Ishmaelite, singing decent French...Ticciati's conducting is warm and vivid, and his textures translucent.
Sunday Times, 1st December 2013
This is as fine a performance of Berlioz's triptych as I have heard. Its delicacy of colour is matched by its expressive intensity. Under Ticciati's direction, the excellent Swedish choir and orchestra capture the essence of the work.
The Telegraph, 5th December 2013
The Swedish Radio Choir sings with terrific gusto...Right from the opening bars, with those strange, harmonium-like sonorities that the woodwind produce, you have complete confidence that Ticciati understands the Berlioz hinterland...a first-rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.
The Times, 6th December 2013
Ticciati's best contributions to the score are his unfussy approach and steady pace...In colouring or phrasing, nothing is overdone...Gens, warm and tasty as toast, gives us a Mary of flesh, blood, and supple beauty...All in all, this is a release fit for anyone's Christmas stocking.
The Observer, 8th December 2013
This new [recording] is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent. Robin Ticciati and his soloists shape the lines responsively and warmly...Beuron here has warmth and vivid drama...the Swedish Radio Choir is truly transcendent in the ethereal apotheosis.
Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
Ticciati avoids any longeurs or clumsy transitions between the tableaux, taking the Shepherds' Farewell at a true allegretto, thereby making the slower, final verse all the more poignant...The highlight, though, is the exquisite singing of the lady angels.
MusicWeb International, 16th December 2013
Ticciati's direction of the score is very sure footed; he conveys the nuances of this very subtle score and he also puts across its spirit very well....this set offers further evidence of [his] impressive credentials as a Berlioz interpreter.
Financial Times, 21st December 2013
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir respond to Ticciati's direction with sensitivity: the angelic choral contributions are a highlight. Alastair Miles underlines how sympathetically Berlioz portrayed Herod.
Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 2nd December 2013
The famous 'Shepherds' Farewell' is testimony to Ticciati's ability to make Berlioz sound fresh rather than bloated: it receives a beautiful, schmaltz-free performance...Gens is a luminous, very human Mary, heart-breaking in her anxiety and physical frailty after the Flight from Egypt, whilst Alastair Miles excels in his two contrasting roles.
Recording information: Berwaldhallen, Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden (12/11/2012-12/14/2012).
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Works DetailsBerlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
- Performers: Yann Beuron (Tenor); Véronique Gens (Soprano); Stephan Loges (Baritone); Alastair Miles (Voice)
- Conductor: Robin Ticciati
- Ensemble: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Berwaldhallen, Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden (12/11/2012-12/14/2012)
- Running Time: 88 min. 33 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 10/1850-07/1854