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Flugten til Ægypten (1996) by Per Kirkeby (b1938)
Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London
Track(s) taken from CKD440
Recording details: December 2012
Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Produced by Philip Hobbs & Cynthia Zetterqvist
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Johan Hyttnäs
Release date: October 2013
Total duration: 91 minutes 38 seconds

'Ticciati scored a critical success with performances of this work in Scotland in 2010. He draws equally tender playing from his Swedish band, securing perfect tuning of the opening woodwind chords and nurturing the pared-down chamber scoring … Ticciati avoids any longueurs or clumsy transitions between the tableaux, taking the 'Shepherds' Farewell' at a true allegretto, thereby making the slower, final verse all the more poignant' (Gramophone) » More

'The Christmas triptych that Berlioz conceived is one of his most lyrical works and originated with the famous 'Shepherds' farewell', written in self-consciously antique style. There have been several lovely recordings, dating back to Colin Davis's first account, and this new one is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent. Robin Ticciati and his soloists shape the lines responsively and warmly: some might prefer Roger Norrington's cooler account with Mark Padmore as narrator, but Yann Beuron here has warmth and vivid drama. Véronique Gens and Alastair Miles, who sings the unenviable line: 'Jesus, quel nom charmant!', are very fine, and the Swedish Radio Choir is truly transcendent in the ethereal apotheosis' (The Observer)

'Right from the opening bars, with those strange, harmonium-like sonorities that the woodwind produce, you have complete confidence that Ticciati understands the Berlioz hinterland. As the piece proceeds, he negotiates its pacing, its contours, its shifts of emotional emphasis with an assured, evocative hand, the famous 'Shepherds' Farewell' assuming its lyrically tender place in the overall scheme' (The Daily Telegraph) » More

'Past performances have already established Robin Ticciati as a sterling Berlioz conductor, and this latest Linn release, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir, wins him another laurel … Ticciati's best contributions to the score are his unfussy approach and steady pace—qualities easily learnt from the Berlioz conductor to top them all, Colin Davis, one of his mentors. In colouring or phrasing, nothing is overdone … all in all, this is a release fit for anyone's Christmas stocking' (The Times) » More

L'Enfance du Christ
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