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A Festival of Britten - The Choral Works / National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, Vicky Lester, harp; James Sherlock, organ [2 CDs]

Album Summary

>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie
>Britten, Benjamin : Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32
>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
>Britten, Benjamin : Two-part Songs (3), for boys' or female chorus
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
>Britten, Benjamin : Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
>Britten, Benjamin : Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb")
>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in E flat major
>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
>Britten, Benjamin : Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30
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Notes & Reviews:

In the thirty years since the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain were born, they have continued to blossom and flourish. New director Ben Parry was quick to notice they share their birthday in 2013 with Britten's centenary, and the result is this celebratory double album. Over the course of a year, Delphian has followed the various choirs on their courses, and for the first time all eight groups appear on disc: 600 singers and eight conductors in three different venues. The vast range of Britten's choral output encompasses work to match the character of each of the different choirs, from the fresh-faced eagerness of the Training Choirs to the maturity and sophistication of the elite National Youth Chamber Choir.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
In the 30 years since the National Choirs' inception they have become an impressive musical force. Their new director, Ben Parry, realized that their birthday anniversary coincided with the Britten centenary (2013). The result is this recording in honor of Britten. The Delphian engineers followed each of the choirs for a year, and for the first time all the choirs have been recorded - 600 singers, 8 conductors. The girls choir's main selection is the most familiar, Ceremony of Carols. The boys choir sings two: Fancie and the part songs. The North and South choirs sing four selections each. This leaves two for the Chamber Choir (Cecilia and Deus). The Cambiata Voices are all boy trebles. They sing The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Bernard. It's all quite grand.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Chapel of Tonbridge School; Chapel of Oundle School; Sa.



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Works Details

>Britten, Benjamin : Fancie :: Tell me where is fancy bred, for unison chorus & piano
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Piano)
  • Conductor: Greg Hallam
  • Ensemble: National Youth Choirs of Great Britain
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Festival Te Deum in E major, Op. 32
  • Performers: Kirsty O'Neill; James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Greg Beardsell
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Britten, Benjamin : A Hymn of Saint Columba
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Greg Beardsell
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
  • Performers: Kirsty Hobkirk; James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Greg Beardsell
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Britten, Benjamin : Two-part Songs (3), for boys' or female chorus
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Piano)
  • Conductor: Greg Hallam
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to the Virgin
  • Conductor: Dominic Peckham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Greg Beardsell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Ben Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Te Deum in C major
  • Performers: Sophie Rudge; James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Dominic Peckham
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Piano)
  • Conductor: Niall Crowley
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Deus in adjutorium meum, motet for chorus (from "This Way to the Tomb")
  • Conductor: Ben Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1945

>Britten, Benjamin : Antiphon, Op. 56b
  • Performers: Robyn Haggie; Sophie Olderin; James Sherlock (Organ); Eleanor Walder
  • Conductor: Rachel Staunton
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Britten, Benjamin : Jubilate Deo, for chorus & organ in E flat major
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Rachel Staunton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1934

>Britten, Benjamin : A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28
  • Performer: Vicky Lester (Harp)
  • Conductor: Esther Jones
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Rejoice in the Lamb, festival cantata for trumpet, ATB soloists, chorus & organ, Op. 30
  • Performer: James Sherlock (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Isaacs
  • Running Time: 18 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943