Berlioz’s The Childhood of Christ
Berlioz’s Christmas oratorio, L’enfance du Christ, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Singers and star soloists, conducted by Edward Gardner.
Berlioz’s Christmas oratorio L’enfance du Christ. Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, BBC Singers and star soloists.
Recorded at the Barbican on 17th December 2018
Presented by Martin Handley
BERLIOZ: L’Enfance du Christ
Karen Cargill (Mezzo-soprano)
Robert Murray (Tenor)
Etienne Dupuis (Baritone)
Matthew Rose (Bass)
BBC Singers (offstage Angels)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner (Conductor)
Berlioz’s oratorio L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) , home to the much-loved ‘Shepherds’ Farewell’ chorus, is a ravishing retelling of the Christmas story with echoes of Bach’s Passions. Premiered in 1854 the French composer’s inimitable stylistic fingerprints combine in the work to produce music of tender ‘celestial’ beauty, operatic flair, and dramatic instinct. Edward Gardner conducts a superb cast and continues the 90th birthday celebrations of the BBC Symphony Chorus.