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Ceremonies Of Carols- Britten, Poulenc, Respighi / Korn


Release Date: 09/11/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 7787   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin BrittenFrancis PoulencOttorino Respighi
Performer:  Heidi LehwalderDavid GordonBenita ValenteMaureen Forrester
Conductor:  Michael Korn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia SingersConcerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Heidi Lehwalder (Harp)
Conductor:  Michael Korn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Language: English 
2.
Motets (4) pour le temps de Noël by Francis Poulenc
Conductor:  Michael Korn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1952; France 
Language: French 
3.
Lauda per la Nativitŕ del Signore by Ottorino Respighi
Performer:  David Gordon (Tenor), Benita Valente (Soprano), Maureen Forrester (Alto)
Conductor:  Michael Korn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Singers,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928-1930; Italy 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Best Classical Christmas Album December 14, 2017 By Rolf Erdahl See All My Reviews "This album is simply transcendent. Spectacular performances of some familiar works and lesser-known gems. We learned of this CD from one of the performers, John de Lancie, long-time Principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra and guest artist with the Concerto Soloists for this CD. He counted this among the favorites of his recorded performances. The soloists, Benita Valente, Maureen Forrester, and David Gordon, are evenly strong. Harpist Heidi Lehwalder show the full range of power and tenderness the harp is capable of in the Britten. The Philadelphia Singers and Concerto Soloists conducted by Michael Korn are right on the mark with effective tempi, balances, and sheer musical drive. "This Little Babe," from Britten's Ceremony of Carols is spine-tingling. Poulenc's "Four Christmas Motets" and Respighi "Laud to the Nativity of the Lord" are not heard as frequently as the Britten, but this recording makes a strong case for making them top-list requests from the Christmas canon. This recording contains three sharply different masterworks, from Britten's harp and treble choir, to Polenc's acapella motets, to Respighi's exquisitely orchestrated Laud to the Nativity. It's quality and variety make for one of the most intriguing, uplifting, and deliciously palatable Christmas albums ever." Report Abuse
 A true Christmas offering. December 25, 2014 By   (Tracy, CA) See All My Reviews "The Britten was well done. The Laud to the Nativity was a gem. This piece is dear to my heart. Benita Valenti was a beautiful Angel. Maureen Forester was about the best Mary I have heard. Thanks for the lovely gift." Report Abuse
 Beautiful and moving performances. December 1, 2013 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "All the works on this recording are wonderfully performed by all singers. They use their voices to the best ability in service to the style of the works, never over singing and always with the proper amount of emotion and delivery." Report Abuse
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