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Hector Berlioz was the author of the text to his choral work L’Enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ), he did not like to call it an Oratorio, and composed the music between 1850 and 1854. The years of composition were not happy for Berlioz, his father had died in 1848 and two years later his wife, the Irish actress Harriet Smithson (whose performances had revealed the genius of Shakespeare can caused him to compose so many works inspired by that great writer) became severely paralysed and died the same year as the work’s first performance. The work is in three parts with four major soloists, a Narrator (tenor), Mary (mezzo-soprano), Joseph (baritone) and Herod (bass-baritone) and a four part choir. André Cluytens’s recording dating from 1965/6 has become a classic and his admiration for the work is clear, bringing the best from the team four superb international soloists – Victoria de los Angeles, Nicolai Gedda, Roger Soyer and Ernest Blanc. The set is completed by the recording of the orchestral music from Roméo and Juliette that Carlo Maria Giulini made with his Chicago orchestra in 1969.
1 - Herod's Dream: Dans La Crèche
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 1: Marche Nocturne
Qui Vient? ... Rome ... Avancez!
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 1: Toujours Ce Rêvel Encore Cet Infant
Ô Misère Des Rois!
Seigneur! ... Laches, Tremblez!
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 1: Les Sages De Judée, Àroi!
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 1: Eh Bien! Par Le Fer Qu'Ils Périssent!
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 1: O Mon Cher Fils, Donne Cette Hebe Tendre
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 2: Overture
Berlioz: L'Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - L'Adieu Des Bergers
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 2: Les Pèrlerins Étant Venus
Berlioz: L' Enfance Du Christ, Op. 25 - Part 3: Depuis Trois Jours, Malgré L'Ardeur Du Vent
Dans Cette Ville Immense
Entrez, Entrez ...Grand Dieux!
Sur Vos Traits Fatigués...
Trio Des Ismae/Part3 Sc2/Enfance Du Christ Op25
Vous Pleurez/Part3 Sc2/Enfance Du Christ Op25/Cho
Ce Fut Ainsi/Part3 Sc3/Enfance Du Christ Op25/Re
O Mon Ame/Part3 Sc3/Enfance Du Christ Op25/Rec/Cho
Introduction Combat And Tumult/Romeo & Juliet Op17
Berlioz: Roméo Et Juliette, Op. 17 - Roméo Seul
Queen Mab The Dream Fairy/Romeo & Juliet Op17
Love Scene/Romeo & Juliet Op17
Romeo At The Tomb Of The Capul/Romeo & Juliet Op17
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