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Master Berliozian Sir Colin Davis delivers a supremely engaging Te Deum, recorded with great success and awesome power. This one should take precedence over his earlier studio effort, which is usually saddled with Davis' admired but nevertheless interminable Berlioz Requiem. Profil see fit to include wonderful photographs, cartoons and portraits with information about the performance context and also about Berlioz's visit to the city. They do not include the sung text which is unfortunate.
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The genius of this "brother to the Requiem", as Berlioz himself described it to Liszt, is unquestionable.
Rather mysterious, though, why Berlioz, who could only charitably be called an agnostic (at the end of his life he said unequivocally that he was an atheist) composed the work. I assume that Cairns in his exhaustive biography discusses the point, but my educated guess is that Berlioz thought it had a better chance of being performed in Catholic France than some of his other compositions. It certainly is glorious music no matter what your religious beliefs are.
I do think it's pleasingly ironic that the late R.C. Zaehner, an Oxbridge don who was an expert on Eastern Religions but who was himself a devout Roman Catholic, considered the Te Deum his favorite work of music. In his own words, it put him in a "manic" state under normal conditions and was therefore included in an experiment with mescalin that he recounts in his MYSTICISM SACRED AND PROFANE.
You could say Berlioz, unwittingly, reinforced Zaenher's beliefs with a musical masterpiece.