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A Ceremony of Carols: Britten Choral Works Volume II

A Ceremony of Carols: Britten Choral Works Volume II




Britten's A Ceremony of Carols is a masterpiece composed on board ship as Britten returned to England from the U.S.A. in 1948, a touching evocation of boyhood lost but never forgotten. A Boy was Born is a work that first made Britten famous, based on a theme and variations of astonishing ingenuity. The Missa Brevis, written for the boys of Westminster Cathedral, is a gem that in some ways looks forward to the War Requiem which came two years later.

The Sixteen
Harry Christophers

'... a disc of exceptional quality, reinforcing The Sixteen's reputation as one of the finest choirs of our day. This is a performance that works to extraordinary effect.' 

Track Listing:

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
A Ceremony of Carols 

1. Procession 
2. Wolcum Yole! 
3. There is no Rose 
4. That yongë child
5. Balulalow
6. As dew in Aprille
7. This little Babe 
8. Interlude 
9. In freezing winter night 
10. Spring Carol 
11. Deo Gracias! 
12. Recession 

13. A Shepherd's Carol 

14. The Sycamore Tree

15. Sweet was the Song 

Missa Brevis in D 
16. Kyrie
17. Gloria 
18. Sanctus/Benedictus 
19. Agnus Dei 

A Boy was Born (with the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral - Director: John Scott) 
20. Theme 
21. Variation I: Lullay, Jesu 
22. Variation II: Herod 
23. Variation III: Jesu, as Thou art
24. Variation IV: The Three Kings 
25. Variation V: In the Bleak Mid-Winter
26. Variation VI: Noel! 



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