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Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ [Original recording remastered]

Carlo Maria Giulini , André Cluytens Audio CD

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Part 1: Herod's Dream: Dans La Crèche, En Ce Temps, Jésus Venait De Naître (Le Récitant)Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 1: Marche Nocturne (Orchestra)André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 1: Qui Vient? ... Rome ... Avancez! (Un Centurion/Polydorus)Bernard Cottret/Remy Corazza/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Toujours Ce Rêvel Encore Cet Infant (Hérode)Ernest Blanc/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 1:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: O Misère Des Rois! (Hérode)Ernest Blanc/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 3: Seigneur! ... Lâches, Tremblez! (Polydorus/Hérode)Ernest Blanc/Bernard Cottret/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire0:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 4: Les Sages De Judée, Àroi! (Choeur/Hérode)Ernest Blanc/Choeurs René Duclos/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 6:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 4: Eh Bien! Par Le Fer Qu'ils Périssent! (Hérode/Choeur)Ernest Blanc/Choeurs René Duclos/André Cluytens/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 5: O Mon Cher Fils, Donne Cette Hebe Tendre (Marie/Joseph)Victoria de los Angeles/Roger Soyer/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 7:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 6: Joseph! Marie! (Choeur/Marie/Joseph)Victoria de los Angeles/Roger Soyer/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Part 2: Flight Into Egypt: Overture (Orchestra)André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 5:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 1: Il s'en Va Loin De La Terre (The Shepherds' Farewell) (Choeur)Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 1: Les Pèrlerins Étant Venus (Le Récitant/Choeur)Nicolai Gedda/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Part 3: The Arrival At Saïs: Depuis Trois Jours, Malgré L'ardeur Du Vent (Le Récitant)Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 1: Dans Cette Ville Immense (Marie/Joseph/Choeur)Victoria de los Angeles/Roger Soyer/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 6:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Entrez, Entrez, Pauvres Hébreux (La Père De Famille/Choeur)Xavier Depraz/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Sur Vos Traits Fatigués La Tristesse Est Empreinte (La Père/Joseph/Choeur)Roger Soyer/Xavier Depraz/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Trio Des Ismaëlites (For Two Flutes And Harp)André Cluytens/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire 7:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 2: Vous Pleurez, Jeune Mère... (La Père/Joseph/Choeur)Roger Soyer/Xavier Depraz/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 3: Ce Fut Ainsi Que, Par Un Infidèle (Le Récitant)Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. L' Enfance Du Christ Op. 25 (1994 Digital Remaster), Scene 3: O Mon Âme (Le Récitant/Choeur)Nicolai Gedda/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/André Cluytens 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Roméo Et Juliette Op. 17 (1995 Digital Remaster): Introduction (Combat And Tumult - Intervention Of The Prince)Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Roméo Et Juliette Op. 17 (1995 Digital Remaster): Romeo Alone - Melancholy - Concert And Ball At The Capulets' Palace (Sonata-Rondo)Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini13:43Album Only
Listen  7. Roméo Et Juliette Op. 17 (1995 Digital Remaster): Queen Mab, The Dream Fairy (Scherzo)Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 8:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Roméo Et Juliette Op. 17 (1995 Digital Remaster): Love Scene (Adagio)Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini17:02Album Only
Listen  9. Roméo Et Juliette Op. 17 (1995 Digital Remaster): Romeo At The Tomb Of The CapuletsChicago Symphony Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini 8:51£0.99  Buy MP3 


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a voice teacher and early music fan 20 Oct 2009
By George Peabody - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
RE-RELEASE OF A SUPERB 1965 ANDRE CLUYTENS RECORDING FEATURING LEGENDARY SOLOISTS.

Hector Berlioz's (1803-1869) sacred triligy started life as a brief organ piece written by the composer at a party while playing cards. This became the now famous 'Sheperd's Farewell', and over time it was joined by the Overture and the tenor's narrative describing the Holy Family's arrival at Sais, a Roman city. The three items became 'The Flight Into Egypt, Part Two of the eventual 'L'Enfance....'which was completed in spurts over a period of four years.

'L'Enfance Du Christ' is intimate in character. The orchestration often inclines towards the pastoral, with the clarinet, cor anglais and horns alternately signifying calm, nature and nobility. The string writing, too, is markedly different - the textures are lucid, reminiscent of 'chamber music'. Vocally, the composition adopts a highly vivid operatic style for the soloists, but the choral passages are often similar to the orchestral writing in clarity; shunning the tendency of th epic stage that works towards the grand gesture.

The work is in three parts with four major soloists: narrator,tenor-Mary, Mezzo sop.- Joseph, baritone - Herod, bass-baritone, and a four-part choir. The work takes one from the birth of Jesus to the arrival of the Holy Family at Sais. Part One (Herod's Dream) depicts the agony of King Herod as he views the Child that will bring about his downfall, the result of which motivates the destruction of the first born children in the land. The final scene of Part One shows the Angels instructing Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt to save Jesus. Part Two shows the gathering shepherds by the Manger bidding the Holy Family farewell, while the final part describes the anguish of Mary and Joseph upon arriving in Sais and struggling to find refuge.

This recording of 'L'Enfance du Christ', directed by Andre Cluytens, dates from 1965 and has become a Classic, the performance of which shows Cluyten's great admiration for the work. Indeed, he had brought forth four of the best known international soloists of that era for this recording! They are: Victoria De Las Angeles (Mary), Nicolai Gedda(narrator),Roger Soyer (Joseph) and Ernest Blanc (Herod). Along with the 'Orchesre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire', we have excellent performers.

The second CD presents the orchestral music from "Romeo ed Juliette, op17" recorded by Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini made with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1969, who also add their excellence to this two CD package.

The liner notes include the program with a brief synopsis of each part, but there is no complete text in either language, French or English.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender L'enfance that sounds truly French 29 Nov 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
EMI's Gemini reissue is such a bargain that I thought I'd repeat my original review.

It's strangely rare to encoutner performances of French masterpieces actually performed by French forces. Berlioz's sweet and gentle retelling of the birth of Jesus has been recorded no less than three times by Colin Davis (the first one, on Decca, being the freshest, although all are very fine) and by another Englishman, Matthew Best, whose smaller-scale reading is just as good, although it features no star vocalists. For the most excitable rendition, one can turn to Charles Munch and the BSO, a first-rate performance in every regard except the amateur chorus.

If you want the true Gallic timbre, however, which is always special in Berlioz, there's this highly appealing set from Andre Cluytens and the Paris Conservatoire orchestra. True, two of the major solo parts are sung by international opera stars--Victoria de los Angeles as Mary and Nicolai Gedda as the narrator. But both are so heart-warming that it's hard to complain, and they are surrounded by a Parisian chorus adding the perfect inflections to their parts, as well as two notable French baritones, Roger Soyer and Jules Bastin, undertaking the roles of Herod and Joseph.

Cluytens isn't nearly as dramatic in his approach as Munch, but he has more panache than his English rivals--this may be a religious subject, but Berlioz turns it into a confection as luscious as any patisserie could turn out in the form of a buche de Noel. The recorded sound is fine. Highly reocmmended as a holiday pick me up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden treasure 12 April 2013
By Andrew Thornley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful piece of music, yet further illustration of the qualities of Berlioz that have been overshadowed, regrettably but almost inevitably, by the greatness and dominance of Beethoven. Berlioz is so often ahead of his time in his compositions that one can only guess at how his contemporaries viewed him. The passage of time has restored him to his rightful position as among the greats of 19th century romanticism. The Birth of Christ is a more traditional sacred opera, glorious throughout, with the singing of Nicolai Gedda (tenor) quite magnificent in its tone, warmth and expression. The Shepherd's Farewell Chorus has to rank as one of the most endearing chorales, in the tradition of Bach and in this rendition very tenderly sung. The CD includes a helpful synopsis but the full French libretto (written by Berlioz) is not included nor an English translation. However this does not detract from the quality nor enjoyment of the performance.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording of L'Enfance 27 Feb 2013
By Paul Orgel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
L'Enfance du Christ is a sublime masterwork, not fully appreciated. Gedda is at his finest here - the most refined and sweetly melifluous of tenors. Cluytens leads a naturally-paced performace. Wonderful choir and all soloists impeccable, great French singers from the 1950s. Besides all else, the superlative performance of the music for two flutes and harp makes this set a classic.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars remastering? 25 Dec 2009
By George L. Friend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I see a recording that has been "remastered" the first thing I want to know is whether it has been improved over previous masterings. It's interesting that no one informs us of this vital information. I own the forte recording of this work as well as many others from EMI with this same claim. Has the sound been improved sufficiently to justify a repurchase?
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