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Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ - Davis

Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ - Davis

Chandos  CHSA 5228 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ

Sasha Cooke (mezzo)
Andrew Staples (tenor)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Matthew Brook (bass-baritone)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)


Berlioz wrote his own text for L’Enfance du Christ, which he composed in 1853 and 1854. It was first performed at the Salle Herz, Paris on 10 December 1854, with Berlioz conducting. He described the work as a Trilogie sacrée. The first of its three sections depicts King Herod ordering the massacre of all newborn children in Judaea; the second shows Mary, Joseph, and Jesus setting out for Egypt to avoid the slaughter, having been warned by angels; and the final section portrays their arrival in the Egyptian town of Sais where they are given refuge by a family of Ishmaelites. Berlioz was not religious as an adult but remained all his life susceptible to the beauty of the religious music that had enraptured him as a child. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and MSO Chorus and an outstanding team of soloists in this Surround Sound SACD recording.

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Recorded on 15, 16 and 18 June 2018 at the Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24/96

Executive producer: Ralph Couzens

Recording producer: Stephen Snelleman

Sound engineer: Alex Stinson

Editor: Jonathan Cooper

Artists & Repertoire administrator: Sue Shortridge