The Britten Collection / Sioned Williams: harp; Ian Partridge: tenor; The Sixteen

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Britten, Benjamin : Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32
>Britten, Benjamin : Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30
>Britten, Benjamin : Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord), Op. 53
>Britten, Benjamin : Advance Democracy, for double chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
>Britten, Benjamin : A Wedding Anthem, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ, Op. 46
>Britten, Benjamin : Flower Songs (5), for chorus, Op. 47
>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and Profane, medieval lyrics (8) for SSATB chorus, Op. 91
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Britten, Benjamin : A Shepherd's Carol
>Britten, Benjamin : The Sycamore Tree, carol for chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Sweet was the Song, carol for SSAA chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Missa Brevis, for boys' chorus & organ in D major, Op. 63
>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
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Notes & Reviews:

This superb collection, released in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Britten's birth, features all three of the The Sixteen's celebrated Britten recordings. Arguably the most celebrated British composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten possessed a formidable talent and distinctive style. His remarkable career spanned over 40 years, and this collection of choral works features a fascinating selection of music from throughout his life.

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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: The Sixteen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Ensemble: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
  • Performers: Ruth Dean (Soprano); Carys Lane (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
  • Performers: Libby Crabtree (Soprano); Ruth Dean (Soprano); Carys Lane (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
  • Performer: Libby Crabtree (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
  • Performers: Ruth Dean (Soprano); Simon Birchall; Nicola Jenkin; Philip Daggett (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32
  • Performer: Ruth Dean (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30
  • Performers: Simon Birchall; Carys Lane (Soprano); Simon Berridge (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Running Time: 16 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Choral Dances (6) from Gloriana, for chorus (or tenor, chorus & harpsichord), Op. 53
  • Performer: Ian Partridge
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : Advance Democracy, for double chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Britten, Benjamin : Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : A Wedding Anthem, for soprano, tenor, chorus & organ, Op. 46
  • Performers: Neil MacKenzie (Tenor); Ruth Dean (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1949

>Britten, Benjamin : Flower Songs (5), for chorus, Op. 47
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Britten, Benjamin : Sacred and Profane, medieval lyrics (8) for SSATB chorus, Op. 91
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (01/1991); St Michael's Church, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings Concert Hall (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performer: Sioned Williams (Harp)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : A Shepherd's Carol
  • Performers: Neil MacKenzie (Tenor); Simon Birchall; Carys Lane (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : The Sycamore Tree, carol for chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Sweet was the Song, carol for SSAA chorus
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1931

>Britten, Benjamin : Missa Brevis, for boys' chorus & organ in D major, Op. 63
  • Performers: Carys Lane (Soprano); Rebecca Outram (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1959

>Britten, Benjamin : A Boy was Born, Op. 3
  • Performer: Jamie Hopkins (Boy Soprano)
  • Conductor: Harry Christophers
  • Notes: St Michael's, Highgate (01/1991); Snape Maltings (01/1991); St Michael's, Highgate (09/1992); Snape Maltings (09/1992)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933