Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Sasha Cooke mezzo-soprano (Maria)
Andrew Staples tenor (Le Récitant)
Roderick Williams baritone (Joseph)
Andrew Goodwin tenor (Centurion)
Shane Lowrencev bass (Polydore)
Matthew Brook bass (Hérode, Père de famille)
Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ
Think Berlioz, and badly-behaved witches come to mind. So this almost operatic oratorio telling the tale of Christ’s childhood is a bit of a surprise. Tender, luminous, at times intimate, with a touch of the occult in the Soothsayers inventive dance, the overall atmosphere is one of child-like purity that will move you to the core. And a warning, the final mystic chorus may bring you to tears.
Keep an eye and ear out for famous chorus piece titled The Shepherd’s Farewell and the ferociously big scene when Herod is ordering the slaughter of all the babies – the whole brass section play for 12 bars.
‘This piece is very unusual for Berlioz as most of it is quite intimate. This work has wonderful writing for the chorus, it’s very varied and the narrator (sung by Andrew Staples) is so colourful. The final chorus is to die for!’ Sir Andrew Davis, Chief Conductor.
Monday, 18 June
Post-concert talk: Join MSO Director of Artistic Planning, Ronald Vermeulen for a post-concert conversation inside the Stalls Foyer of Hamer Hall from 8.30pm.
Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes