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Week of December 20, 2010

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Douglas Boyd, conductor
The SPCO Chorale
Dale Warland: artistic director
Claire Ormshaw, soprano; Thomas Cooley, tenor; David Wilson-Johnson, bass-baritone; Sergei Leiferkus, bass-baritone

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BERLIOZ: L'Enfance du Christ (Childhood of Christ)
RESPIGHI: L'adorazione del Magi, from Three Botticelli Pictures -Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Gaffigan, conductor (Live recording from 081211, Ordway CPA)

A surprising work for the season. Hector Berlioz could shake the heavens with the best of them. But here, he reins it all in to create a tender, evocative story about the Christ child's early days.

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Douglas Boyd

Dale Warland

Hector Berlioz

Ottorino Respighi