BBC Symphony Orchestra
15 Dec 2013, Barbican, London
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BBC SO 2013-14 Season Berlioz's L’enfance du Christ

BBC Symphony Orchestra
Berlioz's L’enfance du Christ
Sun 15 Dec 2013 Concert Hall
A seasonal concert featuring Berlioz’s luminous retelling of the Christmas story.
A seasonal concert featuring Berlioz’s luminous retelling of the Christmas story.

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A seasonal concert featuring Berlioz’s luminous retelling of the Christmas story. The composer delved back into his tender boyhood memories for this unusual oratorio. While it contains the terror of Herod’s dream and the Holy Family’s flight, it’s also suffused with a gentleness not found in many of his works.

On hearing the first completed performance of ‘The Holy Family at rest’, Berlioz wrote to his sister: ‘It is really good, it is innocent and touching (do not laugh), in the style of the illuminations of old missals.’