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concert James Conlon conducts Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ – With Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Stéphane Degout... Orchestre National de France and Chœur de Radio France

Orchestre National de France and Chœur de Radio France

James Conlon conducts Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ – With Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Stéphane Degout... Orchestre National de France and Chœur de Radio France

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“I took a bit of paper, and I drew a few musical staffs on which a four-part andantino for organ soon appeared…”. A few notes scribbled down in passing during an evening of card games among gentlemen would ultimately give birth to a deeply moving oratorio L’Enfance du Christ (“The Childhood of Christ”). Berlioz’s score honors French 17th century music, and he even managed to pass off the choir movement he began writing that fateful evening, “L'Adieu des bergers à la Sainte Famille”, as having been written by an imaginary composer Pierre Ducré, a supposed “master of music at Paris’s Sainte-Chapelle in 1679”! The astonishing and even puzzling masterpiece retraces the life of Christ from his birth to his 30th birthday in three parts: Le songe d’Hérode (“Herod’s Dream”), La fuite en Égypte (“The Flight from Egypt”), and L’arrivée à Saïs (“The Arrival in Sais”). Premiered in 1854 with the composer himself conducting, the work has always been rarely performed. In this incredible performance led by James Conlon, the work comes to life with mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Mary and Stéphane Degout as Joseph.

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Cast

  • Stéphanie d'Oustrac | Mary
  • Stéphane Degout | Joseph
  • François Lis | Herod
  • Jeremy Ovenden | The Narrator
  • Nahuel Di Pierro | The Father

Program

  • Hector Berlioz, L'Enfance du Christ, Op. 25
    • I, 1: "Dans la crèche, en ce temps, Jésus venait de naître" (The Narrator)
    • I, 1: Marche nocturne (Orchestra)
    • I, 1: "Qui vient? ... Rome ... Avancez!" (Un Centurion/Polydorus)
    • I, 2: "Toujours ce rêvel encore cet infant" (Herod)
    • I, 2: "Ô misère des rois! (Herod)
    • I, 3: "Seigneur! ... Lâches, tremblez!" (Polydorus/Herod)
    • I, 4: "Les sages de Judée" (Chorus/Herod)
    • I, 4: "Eh bien! Par le fer qu'ils périssent!" (Herod/Chorus)
    • I, 5: "Ô mon cher fils, donne cette herbe tendre" (Marie/Joseph)
    • I, 6: "Joseph! Marie!" (Choeur/Marie/Joseph)
    • II, 1: Overture (Orchestra)
    • II, 1: "Il s'en va loin de la terre" (The Shepherds' Farewell) (Chours)
    • II, 1: "Les pèlerins étant venus" (The Narrator/Chorus)
    • III, 1: "Depuis trois jours, malgré l'ardeur du vent" (The Narrator)
    • III, 1: "Dans cette ville immense" (Marie/Joseph/Chorus)
    • III, 2: "Entrez, entrez, pauvres Hébreux" (The Father/Chorus)
    • III, 2: "Sur vos traits fatigués la tristesse est empreinte" (The Father/Joseph/Chorus)
    • III, 2: Trio des Ismaëlites (for two flutes and harp)
    • III, 2: "Vous pleurez, jeune mère... (The Father/Joseph/Chorus)
    • III, 3: "Ce fut ainsi que, par un infidèle" (The Narrator)
    • III, 3: "Ô mon âme" (The Narrator/Chorus)

Details

  • Directed by:
    • François-René Martin
  • Venue: Basilique de Saint-Denis (Paris, France)
  • Production date: 2013
  • Duration: 1 h 42 min
  • Production: © CLC Productions, Tangaro, Radio France, Festival de Saint-Denis, Mezzo
  • Available version(s): FR
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR
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