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Brittens Centenary: A Ceremony Of Carols; Suite for Harp; Ceremony of Carols; A Birthday Hansel; 8 Folksong arrangements / Maria Graf, harp; Susanne Bernhard, soprano

Audio Samples

  1. A Hymn to the Virgin $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Suite for Harp in C Major, Op. 83, BTC1144: I. Overture $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Suite for Harp in C Major, Op. 83, BTC1144: II. Toccata $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Suite for Harp in C Major, Op. 83, BTC1144: III. Nocturne $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Suite for Harp in C Major, Op. 83, BTC1144: IV. Fugue $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Suite for Harp in C Major, Op. 83, BTC1144: V. Hymn (St. Denio) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. A Birthday Hansel, Op. 92, BTC 1166
  8. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 1. Procession $0.99 on iTunes
  9. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 2. Wolcum Yole! $0.99 on iTunes
  10. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 3. There Is No Rose $0.99 on iTunes
  11. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 4a. That Yonge Child $0.99 on iTunes
  12. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 4b. Balulalow $0.99 on iTunes
  13. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 5. As Dew in Aprille $0.99 on iTunes
  14. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 6. This Little Babe $0.99 on iTunes
  15. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 7. Interlude $0.99 on iTunes
  16. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 8. In Freezing Winter Night $0.99 on iTunes
  17. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 9. Spring Carol $0.99 on iTunes
  18. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 10. Deo Gracias! $0.99 on iTunes
  19. A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, BTC 934: 11. Recession $0.99 on iTunes
  20. 8 Folk Song Arrangements: 1. Lord! I Married Me a Wife $0.99 on iTunes
  21. 8 Folk Song Arrangements: 3. Lemady $0.99 on iTunes
  22. 8 Folk Song Arrangements: 4. Bonny at Morn $0.99 on iTunes
  23. 8 Folk Song Arrangements: 6. Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. 8 Folk Song Arrangements: 7. The False Knight Upon the Road $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Psalm 70, "Deus in adjutorium meum intende" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for harp in C major, Op. 83
>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Britten, Benjamin : Folk Song Arrangements (8), for high voice & harp
>Britten, Benjamin : Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb")
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

In honor of Britten's birthday on November 22, Rondeau Production releases Britten's Centenary, presenting the multifaceted oeuvre of the British composer. The disc unites the exceptional artistry of the Regensburger Domspatzen under the baton of their director Roland Büchner, harpist Maria Graf, and soprano Susanne Bernhard, who perform Britten's secular and sacred works in a remarkable production. The Regensburger Domspatzen sing the much-loved Ceremony of Carols, a work that musically narrates the Nativity in a unique manner. In her performance of the Suite for Harp, op. 83, Maria Graf resounds Britten's favorite instrument. Together with the soprano, Graf also presents Britten's late works A Birthday Hansel and the Eight Folk Song Arrangements.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
This is a very satisfying recording of some of Britten's treble choral music, three selections with harpist Maria Graf. In addition to accompanying the Ceremony and Birthday Hansel she gets her own solo selection, the delightful Harp Suite. The "Domspatzen" are the cathedral's "sparrows'. And what a lovely flock of singers they are. They are most at home in this music. Add in Ms Bernhard pairing with Ms Graf for the Birthday Hansel and it's one musical treat for the ears.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Conductor: Roland Buchner
  • Ensemble: Regensburger Domspatzen
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Suite for harp in C major, Op. 83
  • Performer: Maria Graf (Harp)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Britten, Benjamin : A Birthday Hansel, song cycle for tenor & harp, Op. 92
  • Performers: Susanne Bernhard; Maria Graf (Harp)
  • Notes: Andreaskirche, Berlin-Wannsee (03/13/2013-03/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1975

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performer: Maria Graf (Harp)
  • Conductor: Roland Buchner
  • Notes: Wolfgang-Saal der Regensburger Domspatzen (10/04/2012-10/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Folk Song Arrangements (8), for high voice & harp
  • Performers: Susanne Bernhard; Maria Graf (Harp)
  • Notes: Andreaskirche, Berlin-Wannsee (03/13/2013-03/14/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Britten, Benjamin : Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb")
  • Conductor: Roland Buchner
  • Notes: Wolfgang-Saal der Regensburger Domspatzen (10/04/2012-10/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945