Berlioz L'enfance du Christ (2007)

Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Alone among Berlioz’s major works, L’enfance du Christ came into being not in response to a clear plan but gradually, haphazardly, over a period of several years. One evening in 1850 at a party, while his fellow guests played cards, his friend the architect Joseph-Louis Duc asked him to write something for his album. Berlioz complied: ’I take a scrap of paper and draw a few staves, on which in a little while an Andantino in four parts for organ makes its appearance. I am struck by a certain character of naïve, rustic devoutness in the music and decide to add some words in the same vein. The organ piece disappears and turns into a chorus of Bethlehem shepherds saying goodbye to the child Jesus at the moment when the Holy Family set out on their journey to Egypt.’

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Berlioz L'enfance du Christ (2007)

Berlioz

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Jonathan Stokes, Neil Hutchinson - Classic Sound Ltd
Recording location: Barbican London England
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, prologue - Dans la créche, en ce temps
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 1 - Marche Nocturne
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scenes 2 & 3 - Toujours ce rêve!
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 4 - Les sages de Judée
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 4 - Les Devins font des évolutions
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 4 - La voix dit vrai, Seigneur
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 5 - O mon cher fils
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Part I, Le Songe d'Hérode, scene 6 - Joseph! Marie!
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Part II, La Fuite en Égypte, Ouverture
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Part II, La Fuite en Égypte, The Shepherds Farewell to the Holy Family
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Part II, La Fuite en Égypte, The Holy Family at Rest
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs, Depuis trois jours
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs,, Dans cette ville immense
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs,entrez pauvres Hébreux
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs,- Trio for two flutes and harp
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs, - Vous pleurez, jeune mére
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs, - Ce fut ainsi que par un infidèle
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Part III, L'Arrivée a Sïs, - O mon âme
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