Berlioz’s nativity oratorio is one of his few works to appeal beyond the ranks of committed admirers – thanks to the familiarity of the story, the felicitous details in the score and the beauty of the “Shepherds’ Farewell”.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir respond to Ticciati’s direction with sensitivity: the angelic choral contributions are a highlight.
Alastair Miles underlines how sympathetically Berlioz portrayed Herod, but Véronique Gens is a pallid Mary and the tenor and baritone soloists tend to bleat.
L’enfance du Christ
(Linn) 2 CDs
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