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Robin Ticciati - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ - BBC Music Magazine


14 December 2013
BBC Music Magazine
Michael Scott Rohan
4½ Stars

...His cast here is rather variable, and its best members familiar from other good recordings. This is no disadvantage in the case of Yann Beuron, still probably France's finest lyric tenor, a compelling Récitant with open, ardent tones and warm delivery...Bass Alistair Miles is a splendidly anguished but restrained Herod and benign Ishmaelite, singing decent French...Ticciati's conducting is warm and vivid, and his textures translucent; Herod's dark brass and woodwind sonorities comes over just as well as the Holy Family's lighter-hued serenity. The 'Flight into Egypt' is particularly beautiful, with the Swedish chorus in mellow form. This joins the finest versions, with Colin Davis and Philippe Herreweghe...
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