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Britten: Choral Works & Operas for Children


Release Date: 06/04/2013 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 151562   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Thomas AllenRobert TearElisabeth SöderströmMark Blatchly,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon RattleAndré PrevinSir David WillcocksSir Philip Ledger,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony OrchestraChrist Church Cathedral Choir Men and BoysCity of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s 100th anniversary, EMI Classics releases Britten: Choral Works & Opera for Children. This special collection of works by Benjamin Britten showcases the way in which the composer’s love of poetry formed a crucial basis for much of his choral and operatic music; inspired by poets such as Auden, Smart and Hopkins, Britten crafted their works into compelling narratives. His imaginative text setting and the artful melodies of works such as Rejoice in the Lamb, A Ceremony of Carols and the iconic War Requiem have captivated listeners throughout the 20th century and beyond. Among the world-class performers featured in the collection are Robert Tear, Janet Baker, Elisabeth Söderström and the Choir Read more of King’s College, Cambridge.

R E V I E W S:

...Ceremony of Carols...and the Missa Brevis...here are dramatic as well as beautiful... [In] Rejoice of the Lamb...the biting climaxes are sung with passionate incisiveness, while James Bowman is in his element in the delightful passage which tells you that 'the mouse is a creature of great personal valour.' The Te Deum setting and Jubilate make an extra bonus and are no less well sung and recorded.

-- The Penguin Guide
reviewing the King's College Choir performances

Britten's choral skills are represented here by the stirring Ballad of Heroes and by the brief, sparse Praise We Great Men, an unsettling work from Britten's last period... Throughout, Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony provide colorful, intense, winning performances, as do the CBSO Chorus and soloists. Whether as an introduction to the music of Britten, or as a supplement to a current collection, this well-recorded set is indispensable.

-- Victor Carr, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing Ballad of Heroes and Praise We Great Men Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
War Requiem, Op. 66 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Robert Tear (Tenor), Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano),
Mark Blatchly (Organ)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
2.
Spring Symphony, Op. 44 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Robert Tear (Tenor), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1978 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 44 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Clark (Tenor), Osian Ellis (Harp), Julian Godlee (Treble)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Language: English 
4.
Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Richard Cross (Treble)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Language: English 
5.
Missa Brevis in D major, Op. 63 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Ian Hare (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
Language: Latin 
6.
Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ), Marcus Creed (Bass), Richard Morton (Tenor),
James Bowman (Countertenor), Simon Channing (Treble), David Corkhill (Percussion)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Language: English 
7.
Jubilate Deo by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Language: Latin 
8.
Te Deum in C major by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Rory Phillips (Treble), James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Language: English 
9.
Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Simon Channing (Treble), James Lancelot (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Language: English 
10.
Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1934; England 
11.
Saint Nicolas, Op. 42 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; England 
12.
Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; England 
13.
Sacred and Profane, Op. 91 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1975; England 
Language: English 
14.
The Little Sweep, Op. 45 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Lloyd (Bass), Robert Tear (Tenor)
15.
A Boy was Born, Op. 3 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  John Scott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933/1955; England 
Language: English 
16.
A Shepherd's Carol by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Hall (Tenor), Susan Bickley (Mezzo Soprano), Sarah Leonard (Soprano),
Gordon Jones (Bass)
Conductor:  Terry Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
Language: English 
17.
Noye's Fludde, Op. 59 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  David Curtis (Viola), John Todd (Cello), Ian Watson (Piano),
John Whitfield (Recorder), Alan Harwood (Organ), Joanna Brown (),
Lynda Houghton (Double Bass), John Alley (Piano), Charles Fullbrook (Timpani),
Catriona Johnson (), Timothy Lamb (), Nicholas Berry (),
Alexander Gallifant (), Richard Pasco (Spoken Vocals), Roger Coull (Violin),
Linda Ormiston (Mezzo Soprano), Donald Maxwell (Baritone), Philip Gallaway (Violin),
Polly Hewetson ()
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Coull String Quartet,  Salisbury School Orchestra,  Salisbury School Choir  ... 
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England 
Length: 47 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
18.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Terry Edwards
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Language: Latin 
19.
Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Jennifer Partridge (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baccholian Singers of London
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
20.
The Company of Heaven by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dan Dressen (Tenor), Peter Barkworth (Spoken Vocals), Sheila Allen (Spoken Vocals),
Cathryn Pope (Soprano), Christopher Herrick (Organ)
Conductor:  Philip Brunelle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1989 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
21.
Ballad of Heroes, Op. 14 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 
22.
Praise we great men by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Mary King (Alto), Robert Tear (Tenor), Willard White (Bass),
Alison Hargan (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1984-90 

Sound Samples

War Requiem, Op.66, I. Requiem aeternam: Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine
War Requiem, Op.66, I. Requiem aeternam: What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
War Requiem, Op.66, I. Requiem aeternam: Kyrie eleison
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Bugles sang, saddening the evening air
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Liber scriptus proferetur
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Out there, we've walked quite friendly up to Death
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Recordare Jesu pie
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Be slowly lifted up, thou long black arm
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Dies irae, dies illa
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Lacrimosa dies illa
War Requiem, Op.66, II. Dies irae: Move him into the sun...Pie Jesu
War Requiem, Op.66, III. Offertorium: Domine Jesu Christe
War Requiem, Op.66, III. Offertorium: So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went
War Requiem, Op.66, IV. Sanctus: Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus
War Requiem, Op.66, IV. Sanctus: Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini
War Requiem, Op.66, IV. Sanctus: After the blast of lightning from the East
War Requiem, Op.66: V. Agnus Dei
War Requiem, Op.66, VI. Libera me: Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna
War Requiem, Op.66, VI. Libera me: It seemed that out of battle I escaped
War Requiem, Op.66, VI. Libera me: Let us sleep now...In paradisum
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Introduction: Shine out (Anon. 16th century)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The merry Cuckoo (E Spencer)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Spring, the sweet Spring (T Nashe)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Driving Boy (G Peele and J Clare)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: The Morning Star (J Milton)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Welcome, Maids of Honour (R Herrick)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Waters above! (H Vaughan)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Out of the lawn lie in bad (W H Auden)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: When will my May come (Barnefield)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Fair and Fair (G Peele)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Sound the flute! (W Blake)
A Spring Symphony Op. 44: Finale: London, to thee I do present (J Beaumont, J Fletcher & anon. 13th century)

Customer Reviews

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 Lovely Collection of Choral Works July 31, 2013 By S. Southall (Mooroolbark, Vic) See All My Reviews "One of the loveliest collections of Britten's works I have heard. A chance to hear some lesser-known works, such as the Little Sweep and The Company of Heaven (a real treasure). Beautiful performances mainly from the 1980's and 1990's, sounding fresh and inspired." Report Abuse
 Great Value July 30, 2013 By Baruch K. (Mevasseret Zion, Israel) See All My Reviews "Very useful collection of Britten's choral work by outstanding performers and great value." Report Abuse
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