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Robin Ticciati - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ - The Observer


08 December 2013
The Observer
Nicholas Kenyon
4 Stars

The Christmas triptych that Berlioz conceived is one of his most lyrical works and originated with the famous "Shepherds' farewell", written in self-consciously antique style. There have been several lovely recordings, dating back to Colin Davis's first account, and this new one is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent. Robin Ticciati and his soloists shape the lines responsively and warmly: some might prefer Roger Norrington's cooler account with Mark Padmore as narrator, but Yann Beuron here has warmth and vivid drama. Véronique Gens and Alastair Miles, who sings the unenviable line: "Jesus, quel nom charmant!", are very fine, and the Swedish Radio Choir is truly transcendent in the ethereal apotheosis.
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