Top Choice - L'enfance du Christ: 'Artistic discretion and emotional truth go hand in hand in this beautifully observed performance, with Berlioz's luminous orchestration and dramatic scheme perceptively articulated by Robin Ticciati and with a chorus and soloists who unerringly get to the music's heart.' Gramophone (December 2014 issue)
'...a first rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.' Daily Telegraph
'This is as fine a performance of Berlioz's triptych as I have heard.' The Sunday Times
Robin Ticciati and the SRSO are joined by a sterling cast of soloists including: Stephan Loges, winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, Veronique Gens, whose recording of Berlioz' Les nuits d'été was named Gramophone ‘Editor's Choice', Yann Beuron, who was unanimously awarded first prize in 1996 from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and Alistair Miles, who has been called ‘the finest British bass of his generation' (The Guardian).
Berlioz's mighty oratorio was an immediate success and was praised by all but two critics in the Paris newspapers; over 150 years later it is still as popular.
Named one of the top ten young ‘conductors on the verge of greatness' by Gramophone, Robin delivers fresh insights and vivid colours into this luminous work. Since his recording debut Robin's profile has continued to build; in 2011 Gramophone voted him one of 'Tomorrow's Icons' and he was announced as the next music director of Glyndebourne, taking over from Vladimir Jurowski in 2014.
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Editor's Choice: 'Ticciati directs a vibrant, unsentimental account of this enduring score, and is joined by a near-perfect cast...'more >>Audiophile Audition
'This is a spectacular recording in sumptuous surround sound, and the orchestra and soloists are terrific in every way...'more >>International Record Review
'Robin Ticciati’s new version…is sensitive and scrupulous, responsive to the subtleties of Berlioz’s score and the emotions of the participants.’more >>Classical Ear
‘Each of the vocal soloists is excellent, whether narrating or portraying a character, and the good people that inhabit the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Choir respond sensitively and, when required, dramatically to Ticciati’s carefully plotted course…Fantastique!’more >>Infodad
'The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays this music very well indeed...The four soloists are all very fine.'more >>Choir & organ
‘[Ticciati] obtains excellent results from them, and his phenomenal chorus, in idiomatic French, catch much of Berlioz’s tender response to the narrative of Christ’s early childhood.’more >>The Telegraph
'As the piece proceeds, he negotiates its pacing, its contours, its shifts of emotional emphasis with an assured, evocative hand...'more >>SA-CD.net
'...sounds so French and oozes with idiomatic Berlioz...'more >>MusicWeb International
'This is a most welcome release which further enhances the credentials of Robin Ticciati, especially in Berlioz.'more >>AllMusic
'... good for listeners who crave a bit of lushness...this audiophile recording is worth hearing for its subtlety and beauty.'more >>Financial Times
‘The orchestra and choir respond to the conductor’s direction with sensitivity: the angelic choral contributions are a highlight.’Pizzicato
'...delicate orchestral sound, homogeneous choir singing and a fantastic quartet.'more >>The Arts Desk
‘Glorious music, impeccably performed and magnificently recorded.’more >>BBC Music Magazine
'Ticciati's conducting is warm and vivid, and his textures translucent...'more >>Gramophone
'...full of honeyed tones and an occasional exotic splash.'more >>The Observer
'...this new [recording] is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent...'more >>The Times
'Past performances have already established Robin Ticciati as a sterling Berlioz conductor...this latest Linn release, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir, wins him another laurel.'more >>The Telegraph
'... a first-rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.'more >>