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Hector Berlioz, Roger Norrington, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart

L'Enfance du Christ

Trilogie sacrée op. 25/Sacred trilogy op. 25

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Title   Duration
1.1 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: No. 1
01:59
1.2 L' Enfance du Christ Trilogie sacrée op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène I No. 2 Marche nocturne
07:43
1.3 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène II No. 3
01:09
1.4 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Air d'Herode
06:26
1.5 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène III
00:43
1.6 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène IV No. 4
08:54
1.7 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène V No. 5 Duo
07:20
1.8 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 1: Le songe d'Herode: Scène VI No. 6
04:24
1.9 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 2: La fuite en Égypte: No. 7
05:32
1.10 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 2: La fuite en Égypte: No. 8 L'adieu des bergers à la Saint Famille
03:19
1.11 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 2: La fuite en Égypte: No. 9 Le repos de la Saint Famille
05:25
2.1 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: No. 10
03:08
2.2 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: Scene I No. 11 duo
05:08
2.3 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: Scene II No 12
07:04
2.4 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: No. 13 Trio
06:22
2.5 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: No. 14
04:29
2.6 The Childhood of Christ Sacred trilogy op. 25 part 3: L'arrivée à Sais: No. 15
12:04
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27,95 EUR
SCM Hänssler
original title:
 The childhood of Christ
Art.-No.:
093.091.000
Doppel-CD
Duration:
 1:30 hrs.
April 2003

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Calculated Emotion?

The story of how „L ´Enfance du Christ“ by Hector Berlioz came to be is a strange one. The composition was neither planned nor commissioned by anyone, it grew of its own accord, from the inside out, so to speak.

With respect to the middle part of the oratorio, which was composed first, he wrote to his sister Adèle following a rehearsal in Leipzig, „It is truly good, it is naive and touching (don´t laugh!), and it recalls illuminated miniatures like those in ancient missals. Everyone says that I found quite appropriate coloring for this biblical legend, and all are urging me to continue the work...“

It is impossible not to hear the slightly aloof self-doubt stealing over this composer of avant-garde orchestral experiments in view of such musical simplicity. Following the premiere of the complete work, Berlioz made notes in his memoirs that sound like self-defense (against his better judgment?), „the subject naturally gave rise to music that was simple and for just this reason more appealing, not to mention the fact that people´s taste and intelligence have developed with the passing of time.I would have written exactly the same „L´Enfance du Christ“ twenty years ago...“

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involved persons

  1. Hector Berlioz (Composer)
  2. Roger Norrington (Conductor)
  3. SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart (Choir)
  4. SWR Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart (Orchestra)