BBC Prom 37: The Childhood of Christ - Britten Sinfonia

BBC Prom 37: The Childhood of Christ

14 Aug 2019

Hector Berlioz

L'enfance du Christ

Britten Sinfonia Voices © Benjamin Ealovega


Maxime Pascal and the Hallé continue the BBC Proms’ series marking 150 years since the death of Hector Berlioz with the composer’s vividly dramatic oratorio The Childhood of Christ.

Simple and often disarmingly direct, with emotions that unfold in some of the composer’s most beautiful melodies (including the much-loved ‘Shepherds’ Farewell’), the oratorio follows the Holy Family as they flee from Bethlehem into Egypt, where they find safety and welcome.

The soloists are Allan Clayton, Julie Boulianne, Neal Davies and Roderick Williams, and the choir is Britten Sinfonia Voices.

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