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Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ / Davis, Beuron, et al

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"[This is] a honey of a piece...and this marvelous new recording from Sir Colin reinforces that assessment at every turn...each solo voice is superb. French tenor Yann Beuron is a warmly idiomatic narrator...The clinchers are Karen Cargill and William Dazeley, who are gorgeous as the holy couple. Their duet at the end of Part I will make you melt. From any angle-choir, soloists, orchestra, conducting-this new offering looms large in the Berlioz discography and in the choral canon." -American Record Guide

BBC Music Magazine
Yet having already recorded to excellent versions of this intimate, gently luminous masterpieceà what more can Davis add? Not improvement, perhaps, but a different approach. àhere his reading seems more measured and translucent, more classical. His soloists are mostly young, clear voices. Matthew Rose's Herod is striking... Karin Cargill... is a wonderfully delicate and simple St Mary alongside Dazeley's restrained Joseph and Peter Rose's benevolently resonant Ishmaelite. Beuron, probably today's finest French lyric tenor, gives the performance an essential idiomatic core in his Narration.

Gramophone Magazine
Davis phrases Berlioz's lines with all their latent anxiety and sadness, and with that curious sense of regret that David Cairns's essay suggests gives an added sharpness to the telling as the agnostic Berlioz "remembers what is was like to have faith".


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>Berlioz, Hector : L'enfance du Christ, Op. 25
  • Performers: Yann Beuron (Tenor); Karen Cargill (Mezzo Soprano); William Dazeley (Baritone); Matthew Rose (Bass-Baritone); Peter Rose
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Tenebrae
  • Notes: Barbican, London, England (12/02/2006/12/03/2003)
  • Running Time: 80 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 10/1850-07/1854
  • Studio/Live: Live