Les Béatitudes, Op. 25, is a French oratorio written by César Franck from 1869 to 1879 and scored for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. The text is a poetic meditation on the eight beatitudes of Jesus, from the Gospel of Matthew, by Joséphine-Blanche Colomb. It was first performed, in reduced form, on February 20, 1879, at a private performance in Franck's home in Paris. The full oratorio was not performed until after Franck's death, on March 19, 1893 in Colonne.
Dominique Beaulieu, conductor
CMD Paris Philharmonic and Choir of Orleans