A Ceremony of Carols: Britten Choral Works Volume II. Album by The Sixteen
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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.
Reviews'... 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.' Gramophone
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)A Ceremony of Carols
2. Wolcum Yole!
3. There is no Rose
4. That yongë child
6. As dew in Aprille
7. This little Babe
9. In freezing winter night
10. Spring Carol
11. Deo Gracias!
13. A Shepherd's Carol
14. The Sycamore Tree
15. Sweet was the Song
Missa Brevis in D
19. Agnus Dei
A Boy was Born (with the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral - Director: John Scott)
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!
TOTAL PLAYING TIME: 69.37