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Britten: A Ceremony Of Carols / Neary, Westminster Abbey


Release Date: 04/07/2008 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 62615   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Timothy DickinsonMichael ChanceIan BostridgeMartin Baker,   ... 
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"One of the most unlikely of mystics, Benjamin Britten penned his Hymn to the Virgin when he was just sweet 17. In its antiphonal responses between eight-part choir hymning the Virgin’s virtues in English and four-strong semi-chorus echoing their phrases back at them in Latin, it’s a gift to the Choir of Westminster Abbey, singing on its home ground, under Martin Neary. This all-Britten collection surrounds the familiar Ceremony of Carols – surely the most affecting anthology of its kind ever composed – with less familiar items like the Wedding Anthem for Lord Harewood and Marion Stein (now Thorpe) and the Christopher Smart setting Rejoice in the Lamb, plus a guest performance, as it were, of Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac with its Read more other-worldly opening for unison alto and tenor (Michael Chance and Ian Bostridge) as the Voice of God – worth a million dollars, as BB himself confided to Tippett...This disc is one of the best things [Neary and the Westminster Choir] have done."

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Timothy Dickinson (Treble), Michael Chance (Countertenor), Ian Bostridge (Tenor),
Martin Baker (Organ), Simon Birchall (Bass)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Language: English 
2.
Canticle II, Op. 51 "Abraham and Isaac" by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Michael Chance (Countertenor), Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Julius Drake (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
Date of Recording: 05/10/1996 
Language: English 
3.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Aline Brewer (Harp), Richard Farnsworth (Treble), Timothy Dickinson (Treble)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Language: English 
4.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Language: English 
5.
Wedding Anthem, Op. 46 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Richard Farnsworth (Treble), Ian Bostridge (Tenor), Martin Baker (Organ)
Conductor:  Martin Neary
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Language: English 
6.
Antiphon, Op. 56b by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Richard Farnsworth (Treble), Timothy Dickinson (Treble), Martin Baker (Organ),
Toby Dunham (Treble)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1996 
Language: English 

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