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English Choral Music - Britten: St. Nicolas, Etc / Bedford


Release Date: 11/18/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557203   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraTallis Chamber ChoirBBC Singers,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Britten's cantata St. Nicolas is another of the great modern pieces on a Christmas theme. Dramatic, even dark in places – as in the best music from Bach on down, a glimpse of the shade helps us better appreciate the light – Britten's tale of St. Nick is utterly enthralling, especially in this beautifully recorded performance. Conductor Steuart Bedford assisted Britten at the end of the composer's life and became one of his most sensitive interpreters, leading the premiere of the opera Death in Venice and directing the Aldeburgh Festival for decades. The late English tenor Philip Langridge, the soloist in St. Nicolas, does his stirring best here, as do the BBC Singers in Christ's Nativity. Like many of Read more Britten's later scores, his festive setting of Psalm 150 was designed for a mix of professional and amateur players; the children's chorus here shines brightly.

– Bradley Bambarger, Listen [Winter 2011]
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Works on This Recording

1. Saint Nicolas, Op. 42 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Langridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 45 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Christ's Nativity by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
Date of Recording: 03/21/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Psalm 150, Op. 67 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Children's Choir,  London Schools Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
Venue:  All Hallows Church, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: Introduction
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: The Birth of Nicolas
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: Nicolas devotes himself to God
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: He journeys to Palestine
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: He comes to Myra and is chosen Bishop
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: Nicolas from Prison
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: Nicolas and the Pickled Boys
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: His Piety and Marvellous Works
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42: The Death of Nicolas
Christ's Nativity
Christ's Nativity: Sweet was the Song
Christ's Nativity: Preparations
Christ's Nativity: New Prince, New Pomp
Christ's Nativity: Carol of King Cnut
Psalm 150, Op. 67

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