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A Britten Holiday

Britten / Cantate Chamber Singers
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Raven Recordings   Catalog #: 945   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Eric Plutz
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Celebrating the centennial of composer Benjamin Britten's birth, the Cantate Chamber Singers, a well recognized choral group in Washington, D. C. as led by Gisèle Becker since 1994, sings a music composed by Britten for the Christmas season, including several of his earlier works. As well, organist Eric Plutz plays Britten's only two works for organ (including one of only two CD performances of the unfinished "Village Organist's Piece" later completed by Colin Matthews, and also accompanies on piano or organ. The organ heard is the Aeolian-Skinner at Church of the Epiphany, Washington, D.C., where Plutz was organist and choirmaster until he took the post as Princeton University Organist and instructor in organ. - Raven Read more Compact Discs Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sycamore Tree by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1967; England 
2.
Sweet was the song by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; England 
3.
Oxen by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; England 
4.
Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
5.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
6.
Chorale on an old french Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
7.
Antiphon, Op. 56b by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
8.
A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
9.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Jesu, as Thou art our Saviour by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955/1961; England 
10.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: In the bleak mid-winter by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; United Kingdom 
11.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: A Boy was Born by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
12.
Village Organist’s Piece by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Eric Plutz (Organ)
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Completed by Colin Matthews 
13.
King Herod and the Cock by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
14.
A New Year Carol by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
15.
Christ’s Nativity: Christ’s Nativity by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
16.
Christ’s Nativity: Sweet was the Song by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
17.
Christ’s Nativity: Preparations by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
18.
Christ’s Nativity: New Prince, New Pomp by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers
19.
Christ’s Nativity: Carol of King Cnut by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Gisele Becker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantate Chamber Singers

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