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Britten: Spring Symphony, Welcome Ode, Psalm 150 / Elizabeth Gale, Alfreda Hodgson, Martyn Hill

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> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part I: Introduction
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part I: The Merry Cuckoo
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part I: Spring, the Sweet Spring
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part I: The Driving Boy
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part I: The Morning Star
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part II: Welcome Maids of Honour
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part II: Waters above
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part II: Out on the Lawn I lie in Bed
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part III: When will my May come
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part III: Fair and Fair
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part III: Sound the Flute
> Spring Symphony, Op. 44 - Part IV: Finale
> Welcome Ode, Op. 95 - No. 1. March
> Welcome Ode, Op. 95 - No. 2. Jig
> Welcome Ode, Op. 95 - No. 3. Roundel
> Welcome Ode, Op. 95 - No. 4. Modulation
> Welcome Ode, Op. 95 - No. 5. Canon
> Psalm 150, Op. 67 - Psalm 150, Op. 67

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Britten, Benjamin : Welcome Ode, for young people's chorus & orchestra, Op. 95
>Britten, Benjamin : Psalm 150, for children's chorus & instruments, Op. 67
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This re-release of the Spring Symphony, complemented by two smaller but equally life-confirming works by Britten, marks the composer's centenary year. It also forms part of Chandos' Richard Hickox Legacy series. Hickox conducts the London Symphony Orchestra with the soloists Elizabeth Gale, Alfreda Hodgson, and Martyn Hill and a number of UK choirs.

Sunday Times, 14th July 2013
Nothing is more authentically Brittenish than the mosaic of poetic texts and the vivid instrumental and vocal response to them...Hearing it again, in this reissued 1990 recording by the late Richard Hickox.. is a welcome pleasure.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
This excellent recording was originally issued by Chandos in 1991. The reissue is mid-price. The terrific London Symphony Chorus is a real show-stopper. They sing with absolute clarity of texture and with amazing vocal effects. When called for they can be sweet yet brilliant. Notes are gently caressed yet can be fleet, supple, and subtle. The Southend Boys' Choir is all guts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (1990-01-08_1990-01-10&1990-).



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Spring Symphony, for soprano, alto, tenor, boys' chorus, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
  • Performers: Elisabeth Gale (Soprano); Martyn Hill
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (1990-01-08_1990-01-10&1990-)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949

>Britten, Benjamin : Welcome Ode, for young people's chorus & orchestra, Op. 95
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: The Southend Boys' Choir
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (1990-01-08_1990-01-10&1990-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Psalm 150, for children's chorus & instruments, Op. 67
  • Performer: Kurt-Hans Goedicke (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Choirs of the City of London School for Girls
  • Notes: St Jude's Church, Central Square, London NW11 (1990-01-08_1990-01-10&1990-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962