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Blest Cecilia - Britten Choral Works I / The Sixteen


Release Date: 01/01/2003 
Label:  Coro   Catalog #: 16006   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Margaret PhilipsRuth DeanCarys-Anne LaneLibby Crabtree,   ... 
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Fans of Benjamin Britten and of The Sixteen will rejoice at this reissue of material from the choir's acclaimed three-volume Britten series originally recorded for the now-defunct Collins label. (Presumably all of the music from the complete set eventually will appear under the Sixteen's new Coro emblem.) If you know the earlier recordings, you'll quickly notice that the program here is different from the original configurations: there are five selections from Collins' Vol. 3--Hymn to the Virgin, A Hymn of Saint Columba, Hymn to Saint Peter, Jubilate Deo, Festival Te Deum; three from Vol. 2--Rejoice in the Lamb; Antiphon; Te Deum in C; and the Hymn to Saint Cecilia from Vol. 1.

Read more Recorded performances of Britten's choral music don't get any better than this. No one will argue that this choir was/is capable of singing anything, and singing it as well as or better than anyone--and these Britten pieces are made for exuberant, exultant, exacting singing that the Sixteen can do without a blip, a glitch, or the slightest faltering step. From the fawning, devotional A Hymn to the Virgin to the wild and glorious Rejoice in the Lamb, this is music most perfectly created and most grandly and emphatically presented. A first-class effort; a classic.

--David Vernier

Works:
Hymn to the Virgin
A Hymn of Saint Columba
Hymn to Saint Peter
Antiphon
Te Deum in C
Jubilate Deo
Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Festival Te Deum
Rejoice in the Lamb
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Works on This Recording

1.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in English and Latin. 
2.
Hymn of St Columba by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Margaret Philips (Organ)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ruth Dean (Soprano), Margaret Philips (Organ), Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Antiphon, Op. 56b by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Libby Crabtree (Soprano), Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano), Margaret Philips (Organ),
Ruth Dean (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Te Deum in C major by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Margaret Philips (Organ), Libby Crabtree (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Margaret Philips (Organ)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Philip Daggett (Tenor), Caroline Trevor (Alto), Simon Birchall (Bass),
Ruth Dean (Soprano), Nicola Jenkin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Simon Birchall (Bass), Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano), Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto),
Margaret Philips (Organ), Simon Berridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Length: 17 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Margaret Philips (Organ), Ruth Dean (Soprano)
Conductor:  Harry Christophers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 

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