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Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols / The Sixteen


Release Date: 11/01/2005 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16034   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sally DunkleyLibby CrabtreeSioned WilliamsDeborah Miles-Johnson,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The SixteenSt. Paul's Cathedral Boy's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This is a reconfiguration of performances that originally appeared on three different CDs in The Sixteen's Britten Choral Works series for Collins Classics in the early 1990s. This time the program logically joins three major works for treble voices--A Ceremony of Carols, Missa brevis in D, and A Boy was Born--with three shorter Christmas-themed pieces for mixed choir. The main thing to know is that these are among the finest Britten performances you will hear--and it's especially gratifying to experience the difficult A Boy was Born choral variations rendered with respect for the composer's explicit interpretive markings in the score. And although it's always nice to hear a really outstanding choir of
Read more boy trebles sing A Ceremony of Carols, the women (and a few male altos) of The Sixteen offer an irresistible crispness and polish--and flawless intonation--that's hard to beat. Along with a vibrant Missa brevis and the rarely-heard A Shepherd's Carol, The Sycamore Tree, and Sweet was the Song, this makes an essential set for all Britten and choral music fans. [11/3/2005]

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sally Dunkley (Soprano), Libby Crabtree (Soprano), Sioned Williams (Harp)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
2.
A Shepherd's Carol by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto), Simon Birchall (Bass), Neil MacKenzie (Tenor),
Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
3.
Sycamore Tree by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1967; England 
4.
Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sung by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
5.
Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Rebecca Outram (Soprano), Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano), Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
6.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jamie Hopkins (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  St. Paul's Cathedral Boy's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 

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