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Berlioz - L'Enfance du Christ

Live from the Barbican in London, Martin Handley presents a performance of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Francois-Xavier Roth.

Live from the Barbican Centre, London

Presented by Martin Handley

Berlioz's seasonal masterpiece L'Enfance du Christ performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under conductor Francois-Xavier Roth

Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ

Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano)
Yann Beuron (tenor)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
Christopher Purves (bass)
Trinity Laban Chamber Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Fran├žois-Xavier Roth (conductor)

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.'.

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