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Britten: Choral Edition Vol 3 / Spicer, The Finzi Singers


Release Date: 02/09/1999 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9701   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Paul Spicer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi SingersLichfield Cathedral Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Known for the important role he assigned to the orchestra in his operas, Britten was equally successful at wielding a large ensemble of voices, a fact that is evidenced in this collection. The dynamic potential of the chorus is wonderfully showcased in the 'Five Flower Songs', as is Britten's integrity in honoring and even enhancing material from British folk music. The endearing and familiar Britten trademarks include tricky polyrhythms, canonic construction, and close intervals, executed with beauty and purity by Finzi Singers.
Along with the folk music, there is sacred material here, which is likewise illuminated by sliding tones and other modernistic devices. A group of children's choristers widens the range of expression for "A Boy
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Works on This Recording

1.
Flower Songs (5), Op. 47 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Paul Spicer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi Singers,  Lichfield Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
2.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Paul Spicer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi Singers,  Lichfield Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
3.
Advance Democracy by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Paul Spicer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi Singers,  Lichfield Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
4.
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Paul Spicer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Finzi Singers,  Lichfield Cathedral Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; England 

Sound Samples

5 Flower Songs, Op. 47: No. 1. To Daffodils
5 Flower Songs, Op. 47: No. 2. The Succession of the Four Sweet Months
5 Flower Songs, Op. 47: No. 3. Marsh Flowers
5 Flower Songs, Op. 47: No. 4. The Evening Primrose
5 Flower Songs, Op. 47: No. 5. Ballad of Green Broom
Advance Democracy
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 1. St. Godric's Hymn
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 2. I mon waxe wod
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 3. Lenten is come
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 4. The long night
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 5. Yif ic of luve can
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 6. Carol
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 7. Ye that pasen by
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91: No. 8. A death
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Theme: A boy was Born -
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 1: Lullaby, Jesu -
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 2: Herod -
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 3: Jesu, As Thou Art Our Saviour -
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 4: The Three Kings
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 5: In the Bleak Mid-winter -
A Boy was Born, Op. 3: Variation 6 (Finale): Noel!

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